Engaging Policymakers

In Washington D.C.

Report: Dramatic Increase in Attacks on Reproductive Rights

Salon’s Jenny Kutner calls a new report released by the Guttmacher Institute charting legislative attacks on reproductive rights “foreboding.”  The report shows a…

New York Times Calls Out U.S. on Blanket Abortion Bans

In a recent opinion piece, the New York Times praises a new policy—passed in December as part of the federal spending bill—that will ease the longstanding and inhumane blanket ban on…

113th Congress Saw Significant Pushback Against Attacks on Reproductive Health

(PRESS RELEASE) In the face of relentless attacks on women’s reproductive health and rights, members of the 113th Congress brought a renewed focus on policies that promote equitable access to health care, support women and families, and prevent politicians and employers from interfering…

Fighting Back: Reclaiming Reproductive Rights in the 113th Congress and Beyond

The 113th Congress was another busy time for extremist politicians looking to make abortion and even contraception impossible to access…

Our Top Five

In the face of ongoing, aggressive attacks on reproductive freedom in 2014, we continued to give our all to protect women’s fundamental rights—with big results…

President Obama Signs Historic Funding Bill Granting Peace Corps Volunteers Long-Denied Abortion Coverage

(PRESS RELEASE) Last night President Barack Obama signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for FY 2015 into law, which includes an historic budgetary fix that will finally allow women serving in the Peace Corps equal health care coverage for abortion services in…

Administrative Action on Immigration Provides Relief to Millions

(PRESS RELEASE) Last night’s executive action on immigration by President Barack Obama will protect up to 5 million  immigrants, many of them women, from deportation and allow them to receive work authorization…

Leading Health and Human Rights Organizations Call for End to Unnecessary Restrictions that Harm Women’s Health Worldwide

(PRESS RELEASE) In a letter to President Obama, a broad-based coalition of leading domestic and global organizations spanning women’s rights, health, human rights,…

Despite Support of a Majority of Senators, Opponents of Contraceptive Coverage Block “Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act”

(PRESS RELEASE) Despite a clear majority of U.S. Senators voting today to advance the “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act,” the bill did not garner the 60 votes needed to end debate and move to an up-or-down vote on the measure…

Our Work in Focus

The new federal requirement that private health insurance cover the cost of birth control has generated much heated controversy these last few weeks: Congressional hearings, proposed legislation to unwind it, multiple legal actions…
Put 2012 against any year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, in 1973, and you would be hard pressed to find a period that offered as many highs and lows as the past 12 months. Let's start with the highlights…