Standing Up for Reproductive Rights: A Look Back at the 115th Congress

The 115th Congress will be remembered for the actions of extremist politicians who unleashed endless attacks on health care, with a focused, coordinated hostility toward women’s access to reproductive health care. More than 50 bills that restricted reproductive rights were introduced. But progressive legislators also stood up and pushed back against this united front, introducing more than 60 key bills that took crucial steps in safeguarding women’s health.

This resource includes summaries of key House and Senate bills and resolutions relating to reproductive rights. The chart is not intended to be comprehensive: many more bills, such as those concerning health, wages, and LGBTQ rights, also affect access to reproductive health care for people across the country. The primary criterion for inclusion was whether the bill or resolution would have a direct impact on access to abortion, contraception, information related to either one, or maternal health. Note: the Center for Reproductive Rights does not necessarily endorse all of these bills.

The 2018 midterms delivered a fresh class of champions for reproductive health and rights into Congress for 2019, and we look forward to seeing their collective power unfold.

Download a printable version of the chart.