The CEDAW the US would ratify would preclude women from challenging laws based on the physical differences between men and women, including discriminatory maternity coverage or criminal abortion laws.
Women living in the United States can’t appeal to international human rights law when they are inadequately protected by US law — because the US has not signed on to CEDAW.
Childbirth and pregnancy are extremely dangerous endeavors for the women of the world but most especially for women in developing nations and even more especially for teen girls in developing nations. We know this. We know that anti-choice, religious right extremists prefer to throw women and girls under the bus rather than admit to this fact. But it is the truth.
Will Obama sign CEDAW?; Brazilian women investigated for abortion; “progressive circle” of advisors surrounding Obama; women need an advocate like Clinton in the Senate.
The staff of the International Women’s Health Coalition pens a letter to our future president with concrete ideas for how to reverse the current harmful policies that do nothing to end violence, stop needless deaths from pregnancy and childbirth or prevent HIV.
Domestic women’s rights advocates are gearing up for a renewed CEDAW ratification fight. But do they realize what effect passing an abortion-neutral CEDAW might have on reproductive rights in other countries?