Reporting on Rights

The Center works with state advocates throughout the country to promote and defend women's access to reproductive health care services in state legislatures and other policy-making bodies.  Our State Program work is critical because each year state legislatures consider hundreds of bills that would restrict abortion.  Anti-choice activists intentionally target states where they are likely to succeed in passing harmful legislation, and use those victories to push similar bills in other states and on the national level.  Indeed, much of the erosion of reproductive rights in this country has come as a result of state legislative action.  The Center's State Program pays particular attention to the impact that restrictive laws and policies have on marginalized women and women who face disproportionate difficulties in achieving meaningful access to reproductive health care. The State Program also assists activists seeking to proactively strengthen reproductive rights and improve access.   

Specifically, the Center's State Program provides legal analysis, technical support and strategic advice to state legislators, advocacy organizations and individuals who want to ensure that all women have meaningful access to safe and legal reproductive health services, including abortion and contraception.   This includes model legislation; talking points; written analyses and veto letters.

The Center's State Program also monitors and analyzes proposed state laws and policies that would affect women seeking reproductive health services. Read:

En Vedette

Women Must Have Control Over Their Own Bodies

Earlier this year France was the latest to join a handful of progressive countries to expand access to reproductive health services — with its National Assembly amending the country’s laws to affirm a woman’s right to an abortion through the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and criminalize…

WATCH: Texas Law Closes Two More Clinics

Amy Hagstrom Miller, owner of Whole Woman’s Health and our client, appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show last night to deliver devastating news: the unconstitutional law passed in Texas last summer has forced her to close two of her five clinics in the state…

Downton Abbey & Black History Month

Great piece over the weekend from Talking Points Memo writer Nicole Beisel. Beisel takes a look at a recent storyline on the popular television show “Downton Abbey” when one of the characters Lady Edith Crawley seeks an illegal abortion…

Irish Woman Tweets Abortion Story

After receiving a number of “nasty” messages from anti-choice activists, a blogger in Ireland got angry, and then decided to raise her voice…

Spain Taking Cue from Poland With Restrictive Abortion Law

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy wants to make most abortions in his country illegal…

Raising Our Voice

Dee Dee Bridgewater had an illegal abortion. Forty-six years in her past, and she still feels the pain and humiliation of having to seek unsafe health care…

Roe V. Wade Anniversary: Fights Over Abortion Are Often One-Sided

Politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives have already made it clear that—once again—one of their top priorities for the new year will be to continue their relentless assault on women’s health and rights…

We Won’t Go Back

It has been 41 years to the day since the U.S. Supreme Court, in its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, recognized the constitutional right of all women to make the very personal decision about having an abortion. …

The State of the States 2013

Over the past year, we have had to double the size of our team of attorneys and experts who track state legislation and policy. And the reason why couldn’t be more apparent: the assault on reproductive rights continues at an unprecedented level. …

A Human Rights Crisis

Ida was getting “desperate.” The mother of two had received a year’s supply of contraception from a family planning clinic in Texas’s Lower Rio Grande Valley before it was shuttered by reckless state budget cuts. She had only about a week’s worth left…

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