Engaging Policymakers

Center Strongly Urges Congress to Protect Healthcare Needs of Women in D.C.

New York—The Center for Reproductive Rights strongly urges Congress to repeal the ban on funding for abortion services specifically targeted at Washington, D.C…

The Legal Right to Abortion in Puerto Rico

The Legal Right to Abortion in Puerto Rico…

Human Rights Council Recognizes Maternal Mortality as a Pressing Human Rights Concern

Geneva - Today, the Human Rights Council at its eleventh regular session adopted a landmark resolution on “Preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights.”…

Romania Reconsiders Anti-Abortion Amendment

The Romanian Parliament has revised a proposed amendment that would have effectively banned abortion after the 24th week or pregnancy, even if the woman’s life or health is in danger.  The revision came…

Supreme Court Vacancy Opens Door for Strong Voice on Reproductive Rights

The announcement of Supreme Court Justice David Souter’s retirement at the end of the term in June provides a critical opportunity for the President to nominate a candidate that will recognize constitutional rights, including a woman’s right to choose an abortion. The last Supreme Court decision on abortion, Gonzales v. Carhart, upheld the first-ever federal abortion ban in a 5-4 decision, undermining 30 years of precedent and opening the door for further attacks on a woman's right to choose. With Justice Souter’s exit, a consistent supporter of abortion rights, it is critical that his replacement recognize the promise and principles of Roe.

While the Center will not take a position on specific candidates, we will be closely monitoring developments as the nomination process heats up and be available to provide expert legal analysis, including background on current reproductive rights law and open cases threatening to undermine protections for reproductive rights.

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Obama Budget Ignores Healthcare Needs of Millions of Women, But Rejects Wasteful Abstinence-Only Funding

The Center for Reproductive Rights is deeply disappointed with President Obama's failure to strike government funding restrictions on abortion, particularly the …

Supreme Court Vacancy Provides President Opportunity to Nominate Strong Voice for Reproductive Rights

Today, news reports surfaced that Supreme Court Justice David Souter plans to retire at the end of the term in June…

Obama Administration Proposes to Repeal Bush HHS Rule in its Entirety

Today, the Obama administration officially proposed a rule to rescind the Department of Health and Human Services regulation that was issued in December under President Bush. The administration is proposing to rescind the rule in its entirety…

Engaging Policymakers in the States: Key Areas of the Center's Work

The Center focuses on the following key issues in our state advocacy work:…

President Obama Moves to Rescind Bush HHS Rule

New York - Today, the Obama administration indicated that it plans to rescind a health regulation that would drastically hinder women's ability to get reproductive health services, including basic care such as …

Our Work in Focus

There was a time not long ago when those of us dedicated to protecting reproductive freedom viewed the surge in attacks of 2011 as an aberration, an extreme political reaction…
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…
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…