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Investigation to Show Harassment, Legal Restrictions Impose Severe Obstacles for Abortion Providers and Women Seeking Abortions

NEW YORK, July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Next week, the Center for Reproductive Rights will release the results of an investigation of abortion clinics in six states demonstrating that attacks, harassment, discriminatory legal restrictions and stigma are causing a shortage of abortion facilities and providers, severely limiting women's reproductive rights. The report will be released at a briefing for members of Congress, staff and media on Wednesday, July 22, at 12:30 p.m. in room HC-8 of the U.S. Capitol.

The report -- which studied clinics in Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Texas -- calls for urgent action by governments at all levels, law enforcement, the medical community and the public to recognize abortion providers as human rights defenders who protect women's fundamental rights.

WHAT: Congressional Briefing: Defending Human Rights: Abortion Providers Facing Threats, Restrictions and Harassment

WHO: Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

Nancy Northup, Center for Reproductive Rights

Marianne Mollman, Human Rights Watch

Amy Hagstrom Miller, Whole Woman's Health

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2009

WHERE: Room HC - 8 US Capitol

The Center for Reproductive Rights is a global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination and dignity as basic human rights.

SOURCE Center for Reproductive Rights
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