Center for Reproductive Rights Urges Governments, Public, Medical Community to Support Abortion Providers as Human Rights Defenders
NEW YORK, July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Aggressive harassment, discriminatory legal restrictions and serious stigma are reducing the number of abortion providers and making abortions more difficult for women to obtain, according to a report released today by the Center for Reproductive Rights, a leading reproductive rights advocacy group.
The report, Defending Human Rights: Abortion Providers Facing Threats, Restrictions, and Harassment, documents a four-month investigation of challenges facing abortion doctors and clinics in six states: Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Texas. The research chronicles the death threats, break-ins at homes and offices and physical assaults providers face as they protect women's reproductive health.
"Dr. Tiller's murder focused attention on this problem for a moment, but people don't realize that abortion providers operate under siege, legal and physical, every single day," explained Nancy Northup, the Center's president.
In addition to harassment, abortion providers face a web of discriminatory legal restrictions that have no medical justification, but make abortions more costly and difficult to provide, the Center's research found. Among these are laws that require a mandatory "waiting period" before a woman can obtain an abortion, counseling requirements that force doctors to present a biased and sometimes inaccurate description of abortion and its consequences, and Ambulatory Surgical Center laws that serve no purpose other than to mandate costly and sometimes impossible facilities renovations.
The Center unveiled t
|SOURCE Center for Reproductive Rights|
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved