Taking Action to Uphold Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice – Risa Kaufman Seeks Biden’s Commitment during Review and Report to the United Nations Human Rights Council

Risa Kaufman (’98), Director of U.S. Human Rights at the Center for Reproductive Rights, authored an article for Just Security regarding the US appearance at the UN Human Rights Council for the United States’ Third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and how the administration should seize the moment to signal its commitment to protecting reproductive rights as human rights (“Now is the Time for the Biden Administration to Commit to Upholding Reproductive Rights as Human Rights,” Feb. 17). “There is clear and unequivocal consensus by U.N. human rights treaty bodies and independent experts that reproductive rights are human rights, grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the core human rights treaties. They are integral to the realization of the rights to health, life, equality, information, education, privacy, freedom from discrimination and violence, and freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, among others. With the UPR, the Biden administration has an immediate opportunity to reaffirm these rights and commit to make stronger protections a reality, both within the United States and around the world.”