Abortion

Legal Restrictions

Alaska Court Protects Young Women's Right to Abortion

On October 13, an Alaska state judge struck down a law that required young women under the age of 17 to obtain the consent of a parent or a judge before having an abortion. Superior Court Judge Sen K…

Unconstitutional Ban on Safe Abortion Procedures Heads Towards President's Desk

In the coming days, President Bush is expected to sign into law the first federal abortion ban in United States history. In conference last night, the House and Senate conferees reached agreement on the abortion ban…

Indiana Supreme Court Expands Medicaid Funding for Abortion to Cases of Serious Risk to Women’s Health

Today, the Indiana Supreme Court, in a 3-2 vote, expanded the state's Medicaid coverage for a low-income woman's abortion to include cases when the pregnancy poses a serious and irreversible risk to her health…

As Congress Moves to Pass Dangerous Abortion Ban, Center Prepares Court Challenge to Protect Women's Health

"Congress is on the eve of passing an unconstitutional and dangerous abortion procedures ban that will put the health of American women at risk by prohibiting doctors from performing the safest abortion procedures…

Young Mexican Rape Victim Speaks Out on Her 18th Birthday, Urging the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Formally Admit Her Case

Today, with the support of international human rights groups, Paulina, a young rape victim from Mexico, is asking the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to formally admit her legal petition so that negotiations can begin with the Mexican government…

Sex Discrimination Continues in Florida After Court Refuses to Overturn Ban on Medicaid Funded Abortions

Continuing to put women's health at risk, Florida's Third District Court of Appeals issued an opinion today refusing to overturn Florida's ban on Medicaid funded abortions

Fifth Circuit Set to Hear Case Involving Prison Inmate Forced to Carry Pregnancy to Term

On Wednesday, the Center for Reproductive Rights will present oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in a case involving a Louisiana woman who was forced to carry a pregnancy to term while serving time in prison…

Judge Orders Alabama to Absorb Costs of State-Mandated, Ideological Materials on Abortion and Pregnancy

A federal judge has ordered the State of Alabama to pay for the production and distribution of materials that it requires all abortion providers to give to patients 24 hours before having an abortion. Ruling that it is a violation of the First Amendment of the U.S…

Judge Enjoins Virginia’s Abortion Ban

Richmond, VA

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…
"TRAP" (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws single out the medical practices of doctors who provide abortions and impose on them requirements that are different and more burdensome than those…
In their efforts to make abortion inaccessible to as many women as possible, anti-choice forces have focused on burdening minors' access to abortion…