Press Releases

The U.S. Legal Department strives to protect and advance reproductive liberty and access to reproductive health care in the United States by employing diverse strategies grounded in CRR's legal expertise.

To learn more about the different areas of our work, please check out our U.S. litigation, advocacy work in Washington, D.C. and the states, U.S.-based human rights work, and our Law School Initiative.

The Center's litigation work in the United States seeks to broadly promote reproductive rights. Our goals include:

  • Securing recognition that reproductive freedom is both a fundamental constitutional right and a human right that the government is obligated to respect, protect and fulfill;
  • Ensuring that all women have access to safe and affordable contraception;
  • Protecting women’s access to safe, legal and affordable abortion services;
  • Ensuring that adolescents have access to reproductive health services; that adolescents’ confidentiality is protected in their pursuit of those services; and that adolescents have access to age-appropriate, comprehensive sexuality education;
  • Defending abortion providers against unreasonable government actions

In The Spotlight

United Nations Calls on Perú to Expand Access to Legal Abortion

(PRESS RELEASE) The United Nations (U.N.) has called for the Peruvian government to liberalize its current abortion law and to address human rights violations, including the denial of legal abortion services and gender-based discrimination faced by women when they seek legal recourse…

United Nations: Ireland Must Expand Access To Safe And Legal Abortion Services

(PRESS RELEASE) A United Nations (U.N.) Committee has ordered Ireland to amend its law and constitution to legalize abortion services for pregnant women facing serious threats to their health, as well as in cases of rape, incest, and fatal fetal impairment…

Indian High Court Orders Chhattisgarh Government to Respond to Allegations of Denying Women Access to Safe Abortion Services

(PRESS RELEASE) –The Chhattisgarh Government was ordered by judges to immediately address allegations that women in the state lack sufficient access to safe abortion services…

Despite Support of a Majority of Senators, Opponents of Contraceptive Coverage Block “Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act”

(PRESS RELEASE) Despite a clear majority of U.S. Senators voting today to advance the “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act,” the bill did not garner the 60 votes needed to end debate and move to an up-or-down vote on the measure…

U.N. Committee Questions Ireland on its Track Record of Denying Women Access to Safe Abortion Services

(PRESS RELEASE) Ireland’s minister of justice, Frances Fitzgerald and other representatives of the Irish government were questioned this week by a United Nations (U.N.)…

Senate Judiciary Committee To Hear Testimony On Historic Women's Health Protection Act

(PRESS RELEASE) The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary will hear testimony today…

United Nations Report Underscores Inequalities In Women’s Reproductive Health And Human Rights Worldwide

(PRESS RELEASE) Despite a 14-year-old international commitment to dramatically reduce maternal deaths, almost 300,000 women worldwide died in 2013 from pregnancy and childbirth related causes, according to a new United Nations report…

Federal Legislation Introduced to Restore Full Insurance Coverage of Contraceptives in Wake of Hobby Lobby

(PRESS RELEASE) Congressional leaders introduced legislation today designed to ensure that bosses cannot deny employees full coverage of contraceptives and other essential health care in company insurance

Women's Access to Constitutionally Protected Health Care Still Under Siege in 2014

(PRESS RELEASE) Politicians in nearly forty states have attempted to restrict women's access to their constitutionally protected right to abortion since the start of 2014—introducing more than 250 pieces of anti-choice legislation, according to a mid-year briefing out today by the Center for…