Katrina Anderson is the Human Rights Counsel for the US Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she works to incorporate international human rights law and strategies into domestic legal advocacy.
Conversations about reproductive rights in Texas' Rio Grande Valley have been traveling beyond the region—to Austin, Washington, and Geneva, where members of the UN Human Rights Committee recently expressed concern over U.S. policies excluding people from health insurance coverage because of their immigration status.
I would prefer to celebrate the birthday of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by recalling the enormous gains this legislation has made for women. Instead, I wait with baited breath for oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, fearful that the Court’s majority – five conservative male justices – could dismantle the rights we fought so hard to secure.
Abortion providers have been threatened, attacked, and even murdered by anti-choice extremists. If the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights recognizes them as women's rights defenders, would providers be better protected?
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