Nancy Northup's Articles and Video


Landmark Abortion Rights Ruling (All In With Chris Hayes, June 27, 2016)

Supreme Court Strikes Down Strict Texas Abortion Law (NBC News, June 27, 2016)

Unconstitutional abortion blocks targeted after SCOTUS victory (The Rachel Maddow Show, June 29, 2016)

The impact of the Supreme Court's abortion ruling (PBS NewsHour, June 27, 2016)

Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion law (CBS Evening News, June 27, 2016)

Women's Rights Were 'On the Brink' (TIME, June 27, 2016)

Texas abortion case gives hope to women's health activists (Andrea Mitchell Reports, March 2, 2016)

Justices must protect women's rights (USA Today, March 1, 2016)

U.S. Supreme Court Abortion Case (PBS Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly, February 25, 2016)

43 years after Roe v. Wade, it's back to the the Supreme Court to block a dangerous sham law out of Texas (Salon, January 26, 2016)

43 Years After Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court to Hear Case Threatening Women's Right to Choose (Democracy Now, January 15, 2016)


The Supremes take up abortion rights, again (USA Today, November 25, 2015

Are crisis pregnancy centers misleading? (Melissa Harris-Perry, October 24, 2015)

Medical Intervention in Pregnancy is a Personal - Not Political - Decision (TIME, June 2, 2015)

A Voting Rights Act for Reproductive Rights? (Legal Change: Lessons from America’s Social Movements, 2015)
This article was written by Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, as part of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law's publication titled "Legal Change: Lessons from America’s Social Movements," in celebration of the Brennan Center's 20th Anniversary.

Ending the War on Women (Open Society Foundations, February 24, 2015)

5 Things You Need To Know About Your Reproductive Rights (Refinery 29, February 14, 2015)

42 years after Roe v. Wade, women's reproductive rights in danger (MSNBC, January 21, 2015)


America’s shrinking access to abortion (The Washington Post, October 10, 2014)

What happens without legal abortion (MSNBC, October 7, 2014)

An opportunity for Congress to stand up for women (MSNBC, July 14, 2014)

How will the Hobby Lobby ruling affect women? (MSNBC, June 30, 2014)

SCOTUS Contraceptive Coverage Ruling Comes with Caveats (NBC News, June 30, 2014)

Politics vs. women's rights (The Hill, June 26, 2014)

Dropping the Pretext: North Dakota Takes a Frontal Attack on Roe v. Wade (Huffington Post, June 5, 2014)

Women's Rights Hang in the Balance (The National Law Journal, May 19, 2014)

Judge overturns North Dakota law banning most abortions (CNN, April 17, 2014)

IWD 2014: No equality without reproductive autonomy (Thomson Reuters Foundation, March 10, 2014)

Roe v. Wade Anniversary: Fights Over Abortion Are Often One-Sided (Talking Points Memo, January 22, 2014)

Time to go on offensive in battle for reproductive rights? (Melissa Harris-Perry, January 18, 2014)


A Victory in Albuquerque (All In With Chris Hayes, November 21, 2013)

The Choice Between Birth Control and Food on the Table: Could You Decide? (Fox News Latino, November 20, 2013)

Albuquerque votes on late-term abortion ban (Jansing & Co., November 19, 2013)

The GOP abortion assault in the states (All In With Chris Hayes, November 14, 2013)

Anti-abortion laws thwarted by Constitution (The Rachel Maddow Show, November 12, 2013)

Texas Court Averts Disaster for Right to Choose (The National Law Journal, November 4, 2013)

Where illegal abortion leads: Column (USA Today, June 4, 2013)

'Beatriz' of El Salvador, Denied a Lifesaving Abortion (The New York Times, May 30, 2013)

An Open Letter to President Obama (Huffington Post, May 23, 2013) (Also picked up by Thomson Reuters Foundation and Rewire)

A ban by any other name (Thomson Reuters Foundation, April 30, 2013)

'Plan B' contraception ruling correct: Opposing view (USA Today, April 9, 2013)

Judge slams Obama admin's 'bad faith' on emergency contraception rule (All In With Chris Hayes, April 6, 2013)

Obama's comments about Calif. Attorney General's looks spark controversy (All In With Chris Hayes, April 6, 2013)

Federal judge strikes down age limit on Plan B (CBS Evening News, April 5, 2013)

Abortion takes center stage in Virginia race for governor (Melissa Harris-Perry, March 23, 2013)

How Rand Paul made a mess of everything this week (Melissa Harris-Perry, March 23, 2013)

Arkansas 'taking a sledgehammer to Roe' (The Rachel Maddow Show, March 1, 2013)

GOP war on women continues to rage in the states (The Rachel Maddow Show, February 2, 2013)

Roe v. Wade: 40 years later (Fox News Channel, January 23, 2013)

The Fight for Women's Reproductive Rights Can't Just Be About Winning or Losing the Abortion War (Huffington Post, January 17, 2013)

Group advocates access to affordable contraception (The Oklahoman, January 2, 2013)


Draw the Line: Stop Attacks on Women's Reproductive Rights with this Revolutionary Campaign (Good Magazine, November 18, 2012)

It's Time to 'Draw the Line' on Attacks Against Reproductive Freedom (Rewire, October 9, 2012) (Also picked up by Common Dreams)

Reprieve for Mississippi's sole abortion clinic (MSNBC, July 16, 2012)

Forced Abortion in China (New York Times, July 5, 2012)

Should Contraceptive Coverage be Required? (Letter to the Editor, Washington Post, January 28, 2012)
According to Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, “Birth control without a copay is a legitimate part of the range of preventive services that health insurers should cover, as recommended by independent medical experts. Given the United States’s shockingly high rate of unintended pregnancy, requiring religious institutions to cover birth control with the insurance they offer should be a no-brainer. Individuals have consciences, and they can make their own decisions. They should be free to make the responsible and sometimes medically necessary decision to use contraception based on their conscience, values and health needs — not on whether they can afford it.”


The Religious Exemption on Birth Control (Letter to the Editor, New York Times, November 12, 2011)
In this letter to the editor, Nancy Northup highlights why the Obama Administration should reject the calls to broaden exemptions on the health care coverage requirement for contraception.

Debunking the hysteria over birth control (CBS News, July 29, 2011)
When the Institute of Medicine's independent panel of health experts recommended last week that insurers offer preventive services to women without co-payments, the reaction was swift. Despite IOM's reliance on medical science, its recommendation on contraception, in particular, was greeted with howls of disapproval.

Center President and CEO featured on MSNBC's Hardball (MSNBC, July 27, 2011)

On June 30th, 2011, Center President and CEO Nancy Northup was featured on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews. Ms. Northup discussed the outrageous legislation in Kansas designed to effectively outlaw abortion and how the Center is challenging the law in court.

The Abortion Battle: Are Pro-choice Litigators Gun-Shy? (RH Reality Check, May 4th, 2011)         

There’s no question that the anti-choice takeover of state capitols has emboldened zealots to aggressively push through as many abortion restrictions as possible. It seems like every day there’s news about the hundreds of bills percolating in state legislatures across the country. Bill sponsors keep upping the ante with proposals that significantly intrude on a woman’s personal medical decision to have an abortion or severely limit her ability to get one. And for many pro-choice supporters, the future for abortion rights seems bleak.

Oklahoma Lawmakers Perpetuate a Bad Idea (NewsOK, May 4th, 2011)
Last year, Nebraska passed a law that bans women from obtaining an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Soon thereafter, the law's devastating impact became evident. Danielle Deaver, a Nebraskan who was 22 weeks pregnant, was rushed to the hospital that November after suffering a premature rupture of the membranes. Among other horrifying diagnoses, doctors determined that her baby's lungs were unlikely to develop.

Nancy Northup: The Budget Resolution is a Blow to Women in D.C. (Huffington Post, April 12th, 2011)
Too often in Washington, women's health is used as the bargaining chip in political skirmishes and too often, low-income women pay the price.

New Bill Would Allow Religious Hospitals to Deny Life-Saving Emergency Care (Huffington Post, Feb 14th, 2011)

Would you ask someone else to die for your religious beliefs? A new proposal moving through Congress makes clear that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops apparently expects everyone to die for theirs. The same members of Congress who last week attempted to dial back the definition of rape to the nineteenth century now propose another change to federal law that is just as shocking: in a move long sought by the political arm of the Catholic clergy, hospitals would be permitted to refuse to treat women with life-threatening emergencies.

Put Emergency Care Ahead of Religious Beliefs (The Hill, February 14th, 2011)

Would you ask someone else to die for your religious beliefs?  A new proposal moving through Congress makes it clear that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops apparently expects everyone to die for theirs. The same members of Congress who last week attempted to dial back the definition of rape to the nineteenth century now propose another change to federal law that is just as shocking: in a move long sought by the political arm of the Catholic clergy, hospitals would be permitted to refuse to treat women with life-threatening emergencies

Anti-Choice Laws (Letter to the Editor, The New York Times, January 29th, 2011)

In her letter to the editor, Nancy Northup responds to the past two-years of anti-choice state legislation as well as the new era of anti-choice lawmakers. She asserts that these aggressive campaigns used to restrict abortions will be fought with vigorous court challenges due to their unconstitutional violations.



HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM: Taking a Stand for Reproductive Rights (, December 13, 2010)

Nancy Northup discusses the importance of standing up for reproductive rights this month. Sixty-two years ago this December, the U.N. adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, outlining basic human rights that underpin every person's ability to live with dignity, enjoy citizenship, and lead a healthy life overall. With women's reproductive rights at the heart of this Declaration, she examines some recent accomplishments in advancing women's reproductive rights in Nepal, Kenya, and Colombia.

Abortion Restrictions (Letter to the Editor, The New York Times, November 10, 2010)Nancy Northup responds to the post-midterm election Republican takeover by acknowledging that anti-choice legislators will more aggressively push through abortion restrictions next year. In many cases, these laws violate the Constitution, and the Center for Reproductive Rights successfully blocks enforcement of most of them. She advises that state governments do not waste their funds on enacting these unconstitutional restrictive laws.

On 'Friday Night Lights', Abortion Stigma Goes Primetime (The Nation, August 26, 2010)
Northup praises Friday Night Lights, NBC's gripping portrayal of life in small-town Texas, for its emotional realism with which it recently depicted a teenager's decision to have an abortion. The show tackled the very forces that have so effectively stifled discussion of abortion as a viable option for women, both on TV and real life: the antichoice assault on accurate information about reproductive healthcare.

Should Church control access to health care? (On Faith Blog, Washington Post, June 21, 2010)
Opinion pages of U.S. newspapers lambasted a decision by St. Joseph's Hospital, a Catholic institution in Phoenix, over the excommunication and demotion of a nun. Sister Margaret McBride was a head administrator at St. Joseph's Hospital who compassionately granted a critically ill young woman permission to have an abortion because continuing the pregnancy posed an immediate and grave risk to her life.

Where the U.S. Went Wrong on Abortion (, March 31, 2010)
There was no policy discussion during the health care reform debate from a medical - as opposed to political - perspective on why abortion services should or should not be covered in health insurance plans.  Instead, the policy debate began with ensuring that no federal funds would cover abortion services.  While our parochial discourse has stagnated, countries around the world have recognized what the right to abortion means for women’s ability to control their health and life.

Center for Reproductive Rights’ Letter to CBS: Tebow Story Raises Serious Accuracy Questions (Nancy Northup’s Blog, The Huffington Post, January 28, 2010)

CBS has long followed a policy requiring that all claims in advertisements be carefully and closely reviewed for accuracy.  It has also been CBS's widely announced policy not to "sell time for the advocacy of viewpoints on controversial issues of public importance." It is questionable whether the proposed Pam and Timothy Tebow advertisement for Super Bowl XLIV meets CBS's own standards with regard to accuracy and advocacy.



Health Care Reform in the Hyde Amendment's Shadow (American Constitution Society Blog, December 7, 2009)

The current debate over insurance coverage for abortion focuses on how best to reflect the so-called status quo established by the Supreme Court's misguided decision in Harris v. McRae. Congress must reject attempts to expand the harmful reach of Harris, like the Stupak Amendment, and should instead focus on ensuring that all women, including those reliant on the federal government for healthcare, have access to the abortion services they need.

Hijacking Healthcare Reform (, December 1, 2009)
The debate over US healthcare reform has taken many surprising twists and turns, and the task of navigating the bill through the divided Senate promises yet more deep bends in the road before passage. One of the most divisive of those is the controversy over paying for abortion coverage for women, a debate in which sparks have flown – but which has thus far produced a lot of heat and little light.

An Open Letter to Secretary Clinton About the Gross Neglect Of Women’s Reproductive Rights in India (Nancy Northup’s Blog, The Huffington Post, November 24, 2009)
As the nation with the highest number of maternal deaths annually, India alone accounts for nearly a quarter of the world's maternal deaths. Maternal mortality in India is long-standing public health crisis, as well as a global human rights concern. The Indian government must be held accountable for its inaction in the face of this gross neglect of women's reproductive rights. 

Misremembering Dr. Tiller: How Law & Order Got It Wrong (Nancy Northup's Blog, The Huffington Post, October 29, 2009)
The recent Law & Order episode based on the murder of Dr. George Tiller was both damagingly trite and dangerously wrong. The issue of abortion is not nearly as simple as the NBC show portrayed. A clear understanding of the complexity of abortion requires both compassion for women and their families and an unwavering respect for the choices they make.

Privatizing Women's Reproductive Choices is a Bad Idea (Slate, The Fray Blog, August 18, 2009)
We are long past the time where we should consider abandoning the needs of women as a matter of political expediency. We cannot and should not negotiate away core rights for women, nor settle for a stigmatizing codification of the current, highly polarized abortion debate. The system of health care we need is one that will provide access to a full range of care options for all Americans. We can and should expect clear leadership on this from Congress, and in the coming days from the Senate, which must hold the line.

Abortion and the Killing of Dr. Tiller (The New York Times, Letter to the Editor, July 27, 2009)
In the wake of Dr. George Tiller's murder, Nancy Northup praises abortion providers for their courage in the face of severe threats as defenders of women's fundamental rights to health, self-determination, and equality.

Conspiracy of silence about Roe v. Wade at confirmation hearings (The Hill Blog, July 13, 2009)
Since the failed nomination of Robert Bork in 1987, it has become expected, and even accepted, for a Supreme Court nominee to refuse to discuss a woman's constitutional right to abortion, and for Senators to decline to press the point. This conspiracy of silence sets a dangerous precedent and should be replaced with a full and frank exchange of viewpoints on pressing constitutional issues.

The Tiller Murder and Its Ramifications (, Opinion, June 2, 2009)
Dr. George Tiller, a stalwart and fearless defender of women's fundamental health and rights, was murdered in Wichita, Kansas in May 2009. Sadly, this tragic murder was not an isolated act of violence. This tragedy puts a clear point on the marginalization and stigmatization of abortion and reminds us how we in this country should protect and honor women's rights defenders, like Dr. Tiller.

Obama Budget Ignores Healthcare Needs of Millions of Women (Nancy Northup's Blog, The Huffington Post, May 7, 2009)
President Obama's proposed 2010 budget fails to strike government funding restrictions on abortion, like the Hyde Amendment. To demonstrate the United States' leadership and commitment to human rights, Congress should step up and eliminate these restrictions and also provide federal money to support responsible sex education in schools.

Female Troops Still Lack Access to Plan B Despite Its Legality (Blog, The Hill Blog, March 30, 2009)
Despite last week's victory against the FDA, military facilities are not required to stock Plan B, making the drug difficult to access for American servicewomen overseas.

Rewriting Science Fiction: Editing Politics from Plan B (Nancy Northup's Blog, The Huffington Post, March 19, 2009)
After eight years of the Bush administration undermining women's health, Nancy Northup's new blog on the Huffington Post looks at the need for President Obama to restore scientific integrity to federal policy decisions.

Science and Sex Education (March 16, 2009, New York Times letter to the editor) 
"If President Obama follows his new science directive, then teenagers will have the medicine and knowledge to protect their health," writes Nancy Northup in a letter to the editor to The New York Times' today, commenting on news that President Obama has a new take on mixing science and politics.

Obama To Rescind Provider Conscience Regulation (NPR, Talk of the Nation, March 2, 2009)
Nancy Northup applauds President Obama's plans to rescind a health regulation put in place by the outgoing Bush administration that would drastically hinder women's ability to obtain reproductive health services.

Using Law to End the Ultimate Game of Political Football (Blog, The Hill Blog, February 17, 2009)
Since the Roe v. Wade decision 36 years ago, abortion has become the ultimate political football in Washington. Yet the only meaningful way to protect women's reproductive rights in the future is to guarantee a woman can exercise them by law.

How to Restore America's Position as a Leader on Reproductive Rights (Nancy Northup's Blog, RH Reality Check, January 8, 2009)

Nancy Northup calls for immediate action by President-elect Barack Obama to improve the lives and health of women in the U.S. and abroad. Under new leadership, the United States has an opportunity to again take the world stage as a leader in promoting women's reproductive health, equality and human rights.



Bush Just Couldn't Leave Quietly (Nancy Northup’s Blog, The Huffington Post, December 18, 2008)

With just one month left in office, the Bush administration remains an aggressive opponent to women's reproductive rights, as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issues a new regulation limiting women's access to reproductive health services based on religious and moral beliefs.

Women's Human Rights and the Hope of Hillary (Nancy Northup’s Blog, The Huffington Post, December 10, 2008)
After eight years of antagonism in the White House, Nancy Northup celebrates the promise of change with Hillary Clinton’s nomination as Secretary of State.  Under the guidance of Secretary Clinton, the United States has the opportunity to again take the world stage as a leader in promoting women's reproductive health, equality and human rights.

A Quick Sigh of Relief, Now Let's Get to Work Rebuilding Reproductive Rights (Nancy Northup’s Blog, The Huffington Post, November 13, 2008)
Despite Barack Obama's momentous victory, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to protect women's reproductive rights in the United States. Individual state legislatures remain vulnerable for anti-choice measures and our opponents will continue to find allies in President Bush's conservative judicial appointments.

Because of, Not In Spite of, My Faith (Nancy Northup's Blog, RH Reality Check, October 14, 2008)
Religious faith and reproductive rights are not mutually exclusive. "My Unitarian Universalist faith has long affirmed that laws that proscribe abortion are an affront to human life and dignity," writes Nancy Northup, as she discusses her beliefs, her work, and the constitutional right to religious freedom and personal choice.

Putting Reproductive Rights on the Agenda (Fall 2008)
The Democratic and Republican National Conventions underscored the need to reinvigorate the U.S. debate on reproductive rights.  With our Federal Policy Agenda as the driving force, the Center will bring these issues to the forefront and transform the way people in the U.S. talk and think about reproductive rights.

Every Woman Has the Right to Survive Pregnancy (The New York Times, Letter to the Editor, June 18, 2008)
In response to Nicholas Kristof's Op-Ed on the gender card in the Presidential primaries, Nancy Northup suggests transcending the intersection of racism and sexism to ensure that every woman has the right to survive pregnancy.

Shaping the Next Generation of Legal Thinkers (Summer 2008)
Despite exciting progress in international human rights law, little attention is given to reproductive rights advancements in today's law schools.  The Center seeks to change this with the launch of the Law School Initiative, a forward-looking and ambitious program to promote legal scholarship and teaching on reproductive health and human rights.

Building the Future (Winter 2008)

2008 sees the launch and implementation of our new—and very bold—strategic plan for the Center's work.  In addition to the cutting-edge and absolutely necessary litigation work that we do so well in the U.S. and across the globe, we are fully incorporating a human rights strategy into all aspects of our work.


Who's Afraid of Those Smart Women? (The New York Times, Letter to the Editor, November 15, 2007)

Nancy Northup takes Maureen Dowd’s discussion of gender stereotypes a step further in this letter to the editor, revealing that federally financed abstinence-only curriculums promote outdated gender biases.

Toward a More Civilized Society (About Face: The United States in Full Retreat on Abortion Rights While Other Countries Make Surprising Advances, November 13, 2007)
"There's been a movement internationally for decades about recognizing reproductive rights as human rights but more recently also about recognizing abortion within the human rights framework."

Safe Pregnancy and Safe Abortion as Human Rights (Fall 2007)
Reproductive rights are embedded in human rights principles and U.S. constitutional law; but two recent global conferences, one on safe motherhood and the other on safe abortion, have brought to light how much still needs to be done to realize those rights.

Abortion Politics: The Third Rail (The New York Times, Letter to the Editor, June 22, 2007)
In a recent letter to the editor, Nancy Northup refutes Melinda Henneberger's remarks on the role of abortion in America's two-party political system, citing that the majority of women, and Americans in general, support a woman's right to make decisions for themselves and their families, including the decision to terminate a pregnancy.

The U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Women's Health (Summer 2007)
The Supreme Court's decision in Gonzales v. Carhart to uphold the first-ever federal abortion ban has overturned 30 years of precedent and heralds a full-fledged assault on women's health. The Center stands ready to fight back.

Abortion decision puts U.S. out of step with the world (Times Herald-Record, Opinion, May 6, 2007)
Despite a global trend toward abortion liberalization, the U.S. Supreme Court recently retreated from its longstanding protection of women's health by ruling in favor of the Federal Abortion Ban in Gonzales v. Carhart.  The willingness of the new majority of the court to overturn established law invites states to craft new laws restricting abortions and directly threatens the rights guaranteed by Roe v. Wade.

G.O.P. Hopefuls Wriggle on Abortion (The New York Times, Letter to the Editor, February 27, 2007)
Nancy Northup writes in response to Ann Althouse’s Op-Ed column on Rudolph Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and their positions on abortion as Republican presidential hopefuls.

Advancing Women's Human Rights Across the Globe (Winter 2007)

Reproductive rights are human rights and at the Center it is our job to give this principle teeth, to turn it into legal, enforceable reality.  In 2006, the Center played a key role in advancing women's rights in Colombia, Hungary and Nicaragua, further illustrating that when the law recognizes reproductive rights as human rights, women's lives improve.



The Supreme Test: Will the Roberts-Led Court Follow Established Law & Protect Women's Health? (Nancy Northup’s Blog, RH Reality Check, November 3, 2006)

The term “Partial-Birth Abortion” is no more than an attempt by anti-choice factions to politicize women’s reproductive healthcare and further restrict abortion rights.  Nancy Northup urges the Roberts-led Supreme Court to follow established law and protect the lives of women having second-trimester abortions.

Power and Possibility in Geneva and D.C. (Fall 2006)
When it comes to reproductive rights, global standards are becoming increasingly progressive, while the U.S. moves towards greater restrictions. With opportunities in both Geneva and Washington D.C. to push forward reproductive rights in the United States, the Center looks boldly ahead in preparation for Gonzales v. Carhart.

A Remarkable Moment, a Remarkable Challenge (Spring 2006)
The Center recently achieved several landmark victories in the global struggle to establish reproductive rights as fundamental human rights, however at this moment of dramatic international advances, the United States is moving backward.

A Time for Stone Cold Realism (Winter 2006)

Although times are tough for reproductive freedom, now is a good time to remember how critical our work is, how much we can do and are doing to protect our most essential human rights, and most importantly the incredible, inspirational victories which prove that the law can-and does-work for good.



The Rule of Law Matters (Fall 2005)

Given the uncertain future of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts, pro-choice advocates must look beyond the dichotomy of liberal and conservative judges.  Instead we must focus our efforts on expert litigation and well-reasoned argument to ensure that the legal standards of Roe v. Wade are upheld.

Battles Already Raging (USA Today, Letter to the Editor, August 3, 2005)
In this letter to the editor, Nancy Northup warns that a Roe reversal would be devastating to women’s reproductive rights in the United States, despite the mild projections of a recent Op-Ed in USA Today.

A Turning Point for the Court, and for the Nation (The New York Times, Letter to the Editor, July 2, 2005)
“For a change, we find ourselves in agreement with those on the extreme right who want more ‘ideological clarity’ from Supreme Court nominees,” writes Nancy Northup in a letter to the editor in The New York Times, calling for full disclosure on critical constitutional protections like reproductive privacy and decision making in the search for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s successor.

Justice Scalia and the Life of Laws (The New York Times, Letter to the Editor, March 27, 2005)
In this letter to the editor, Nancy Northup revisits Justice Antonin Scalia’s nomination and warns against a lax confirmation process that does not determine a nominee’s true values.

Moving Forward While Fighting Back (Spring 2005)
Ever since Roe was decided, the reproductive rights movement has had to work hard to counter relentless and repeated attacks from anti-choice forces.  By focusing on constitutional and human rights standards, the Center is able to not only fight back against these hostile opponents, but also move reproductive rights forward in the U.S. and internationally.

Beyond Politics: Winning Reproductive Freedom One Case at a Time (Winter 2005)

Despite a hostile political environment in the White House, Congress, and many states, we should take heart that the Center has been able to win cases, strike down bad laws, and even expand protection for women's reproductive freedom. 


The Future of Roe v. Wade: Bracing for Reversal (National Law Journal, Opinion, November 2004)
In our current political climate, the reversal of Roe v. Wade is a tangible threat with very real and immediate consequences. To protect our hard won reproductive rights, we must demand honest debate and full disclosure in the Senate confirmation process to determine each Supreme Court nominee's position on abortion.

What If Roe Fell? (Fall 2004)
Roe v. Wade is truly the keystone to abortion rights and, despite claims otherwise, if Roe should fall the repercussions would be both vast and immediate, affecting over half the women of childbearing age in the United States. 

March for Women's Lives (April 2004, Washington, D.C.)
Nancy Northup's speech from the 2004 March for Women's Lives in Washington, D.C.

A Valentine to Liberty (Conscience, March 2004)
In 2003, the Supreme Court issued the most significant decision on the right to privacy since Roe v. Wade. The opinion given in Lawrence v. Texas is remarkable, not just for its outcome, but for its soaring language about what it means to be human, to have "an autonomy of self" to form one's beliefs and to chart one's destiny.

One Step at a Time (Spring 2004)
Reflection on the 2004 March for Women's Lives - highlighting the importance of the Center's domestic and international mission.

U.N.-Accountable (The Weekly Standard, Letter to the Editor, February 16, 2004)
Joseph Bottum's editorial "No Abortion Left Behind" (Feb. 2) accused the Center and others of shunning democratic processes in order to promote "unfettered access to abortion." 

Standing Up for Our Values (Winter 2004)
At its core, the abortion debate is a debate about religious freedom – whether or not everyone must follow one set of religious truths or if we, as Americans, can respect differences of religious beliefs and ethical positions.  The pro-choice movement is intrinsically committed to the freedom of religion and separation of church and state, the bedrock of American constitutional democracy.


Reclaiming the Agenda (Fall 2003)
Amid an anti-choice dominated government, reproductive rights advocates must speak out about the facts and the inherently American values at the heart of this debate – liberty, religious freedom, and equality.

License for Life? (The Washington Times, Letter to the Editor, April 14, 2003)
States should not be fundraising vehicles for organizations that mislead and scare women about their pregnancy options. Women deserve unbiased and accurate information when deciding whether to continue a pregnancy.

No Compromising on Abortion (Spring 2003)
Opponents have often labeled the pro-choice movement as "extreme" in an attempt to marginalize our position. Yet reproductive rights are simply a reflection of values imbedded in our Constitution and should not be subject to compromise.

Women in a Conservative Era (The New York Times, Letter to the Editor, January 14, 2003)
A woman's right to control her reproductive life is a fundamental human right and the mark of a free and fair society.  Yet the Bush administration has embarked on a multifaceted attack at home and abroad to deny women this most basic right of self-determination.

The Road Ahead: Challenges, Pitfalls, and Opportunities (Winter 2003)
Facing an anti-choice President and Congress, the Center for Reproductive Rights' new President looks boldly ahead.



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