Abortion

Legal Restrictions

In The Spotlight

Center for Reproductive Rights, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Call on Florida Governor to Veto Bill Forcing Women to Delay Abortion

(PRESS RELEASE)—The Florida Senate today passed a measure which forces a woman to wait 24 hours and make two separate trips before she is able to obtain a safe and legal abortion.  Today’s vote comes two days after the Florida House passed the same measure…

Florida Politicians Advance Demeaning Law Forcing Women to Wait 24 Hours, Make Two Trips Before Obtaining Abortion Care

(PRESS RELEASE) The Florida House of Representatives today passed a measure which would force a woman to wait 24 hours before seeking safe and legal abortion and make two separate trips to her health provider before she is able to receive safe, legal abortion

U.S. Senate Passes Medicare Bill with Abortion Coverage Restrictions Attached

(PRESS RELEASE) Last night the U.S. Senate approved a bill designed to change how Medicare reimburses physicians that includes harmful abortion coverage restrictions—despite laudable efforts by Senators who support women’s affordable access to reproductive health care…

Center for Reproductive Rights Releases New PSA Featuring Artist and Actress Jemima Kirke

(PRESS RELEASE) Today, the Center for Reproductive Rights released a new PSA featuring British artist and actress Jemima Kirke.

Crisis in the South

Last month, under the cover of night, a hooded intruder took a hatchet-like tool to the last abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi—smashing security cameras, damaging the generator, and attempting to cut the power lines…

Annual Report 2014

The following annual report documents the momentum and impact of our work in 2014—from defending the very last abortion clinic in Mississippi, to spearheading introduction of a historic bill to protect reproductive freedom across the U.S., to securing the

North Carolina Asks Supreme Court to Review State’s Coercive Ultrasound Law

(PRESS RELEASE) North Carolina has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a state law that would force women to undergo a narrated ultrasound before receiving an abortion—a measure that has been blocked by both a district court and federal appeals court as unconstitutional…

U.S. House of Representatives Attempting to Attach Abortion Restrictions to Medicare Bill

(PRESS RELEASE) Ignoring the current gridlock in the U.S…

Spain: Abortion Bill Endangers Girls

(Madrid, March 18, 2015)—Spain’s ruling Popular Party should withdraw a bill that would force 16 and 17-year-old girls to obtain the consent of their parents to end a pregnancy, 22 national and international rights groups said today in letters  to the head of the party’s group of…

Senate Blocks Federal Bill That Would Have Denied Survivors of Human Trafficking Safe and Legal Abortion

(PRESS RELEASE) Today 43 Senators stood up for women’s reproductive rights and blocked passage of legislation intended to help survivors of human trafficking that would have denied women access to safe and legal abortion…

Our Work in Focus

In the United States, state legislatures wield enormous power to control women's access to abortion and other reproductive healthcare services…
In their efforts to make abortion inaccessible to as many women as possible, anti-choice forces have focused on burdening minors' access to abortion…
In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court held that bans on abortion are unconstitutional…
Biased counseling laws, on the books in many states, require woman seeking an abortion to receive information dictated by the state prior to undergoing the procedure…
Laws that restrict the use of public funds for abortion can create barriers to women’s abortion access that are as difficult for women to overcome as laws that directly restrict the availability of abortion.  Funding restrictions endanger women’s health and, as some state courts have held,…
Human Rights defenders are the activists, including journalists, lawyers, judges, and healthcare providers, whose work allows others to exercise their human rights…
In 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade, that a woman's right to obtain an abortion was protected under the federal constitution…