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Standing Up for D.C. Residents

We joined Washington D.C. leaders in speaking out against politicians who are trying to take away residents' rights.

House Votes to Block D.C. Law

The U.S. House votes to block a Washington, D.C. law that prevents workplace discrimination based on reproductive health, such as whether an employee uses birth control or has had an abortion.


Because Congress routinely interferes with the District of Columbia’s local abortion-related policy, no local grade is given.

Access Fact

The number of abortion clinics in the District of Columbia increased by 25 percent from 2008 to 2011


Source: Guttmacher Institute

Political Info and Laws in Brief


  • Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) is pro-choice.


  • The District of Columbia Council is pro-choice.


Refusal to Provide Medical Services

The District of Columbia allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals.
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Restrictions on Low-Income Women's Access to Abortion

The District of Columbia restricts low-income women's access to abortion.
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Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP)

The District of Columbia prohibits certain qualified health-care professionals from providing abortion care.
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Emergency Contraception

District of Columbia law improves women's access to emergency contraception (EC).
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Protection Against Clinic Violence

The District of Columbia protects women seeking reproductive-health care and medical personnel from blockades and violence.
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