ICCPR Shadow Report: Reproductive Rights

Supplemental Information Regarding the Human Rights Committee’s Periodic Review of the United States of America in its 109th Session 

The Committee has interpreted the non-discrimination clause of Article 2 of the ICCPR to include immigration status and has urged state parties to eliminate distinctions in access to social services on the basis of immigration status. The U.S. Government has failed to adequately promote, protect, and enforce the rights of migrant farmworkers, who are one of the most vulnerable, yet least protected, populations in the United States. Of particular concern is the denial of access and frequent harassment and threats against outreach workers who attempt to provide farmworkers living at labor camps with legal assistance, healthcare, education, and other basic services, presenting significant barriers against access to justice, healthcare, and information for migrant workers.

The Committee has frequently expressed concern over restrictive legislation on abortion and has urged states to help women prevent unwanted pregnancies and protect them from resorting to clandestine and unsafe abortion. Since the year 2010, over 170 restrictive abortion laws have been enacted by state legislatures. While bans on abortion harm all women, they have a disproportionate impact on marginalized women, including those who are poor, young, less educated, women of color, and those without access to health insurance or affordable care. Cost, which is the most significant barrier to abortion, is a problem exacerbated by both state and federal governments, including the Hyde Amendment, which severely restricts Medicaid coverage for abortion.


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