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Health of Low-Income Women Protected by Arizona Supreme Court
Phoenix, AZ - In October, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that the state must fund medically necessary abortions through its Medicaid program. In a 3-2 decision, the Court overturned an earlier appeals court ruling and declared Arizona’s Medicaid abortion ban unconstitutional because it denies medically needed treatment to women who choose to exercise their right to reproductive choice in order to protect and preserve their health. Arizona’s Medicaid program currently covers the cost of medically necessary care needed by the indigent, but prior to yesterday’s decision, the program did not cover medically necessary abortions.

Peru Acknowledges Human Rights Violations in Forced Sterilization Case that Ended in Death
New York – A three-year international legal battle against the Republic of Peru has finally ended in the vindication of the rights of Maria Mamerita Mestanza Chavez, a woman who was coercively subjected to surgical sterilization which ultimately caused her death in April 1998. In a friendly settlement agreement reached on October 14, 2002, the Peruvian government recognized its international responsibility in violating the victim’s human rights. The rights violated included, among others, the right to life, to physical integrity and humane treatment, to equal protection of the law, and to be free from gender-based violence.

Ferguson v. City of Charleston - Final Ruling on U.S. Supreme Court Case Guaranteeing Pregnant Women’s Rights

On October 17, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that eight women who were prenatal care patients at a South Carolina public hospital did not provide their informed consent to South Carolina officials engaged in a drug-testing scheme that targeted certain pregnant women at the Medical University of South Carolina. The ruling comes after the Center for Reproductive Right's 2001 Supreme Court victory in this case, in which the Court determined the drug-testing scheme was unconstitutional, unless the women provided informed consent. The Supreme Court asked the Fourth Circuit to decide whether the women consented to the tests.

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