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U.S. Government

All three branches of the federal government can have an impact on choice. The president and his administration can affect policies in several ways. Congress writes laws. The Supreme Court decides whether laws are constitutional.

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Tell Congress to Repeal the Anti-Choice Gag Rule on AmeriCorps

If a woman seeking abortion care goes to a health care center staffed by AmeriCorps volunteers, AmeriCorps volunteers are prevented—by law—from providing full information about her reproductive health care options.

Tell Republican Senators: Don't Obstruct President Obama's Supreme Court Nominee

President Obama has fulfilled his constitutional duty to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, nominating Merrick Garland. And yet Senate Republican leaders are still refusing to do their jobs.

Featured Efforts

Supreme Court Case: Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a case that could redefine abortion access for decades to come. The case, known as Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, is a challenge to Texas' notorious TRAP law, H.B.2. Learn More »

Fighting discrimination in Washington D.C.

For the first time in 23 years, anti-choice members of Congress, led by Ted Cruz, are trying to overturn two non-discrimination laws passed by the D.C. City Council. Learn More »

The President

President Obama can do a lot to affect pro-choice policies.

  • President Obama picks the people who oversee services important to women's health. He also nominates women and men to serve as judges on federal courts.
  • President Obama can use executive orders to change some policies. For example, just after entering office, he canceled the anti-choice global gag rule.
  • President Obama proposes the federal budget. Access to reproductive health care is part of many programs.
  • President Obama has the power to sign into law or veto choice-related laws Congress passes.

Learn more about the powers of the president (PDF)


Congress

Congress—the House and Senate—creates laws and spends money on many health programs. The Senate also approves people the president picks to serve as judges or in key government positions. Pro-choice lawmakers are outnumbered in both the House and Senate, and the House and Senate are under anti-choice leadership.

Congressional Record on Choice

Find out how members of Congress voted on choice-related issues in 2015. Download our report now >>

Who Represents You?

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Federal Courts

Supreme Court justices and judges on lower federal courts affect women's lives when they rule on choice-related cases. To protect our rights, the president must choose judges who believe in the right to privacy.


News & Updates

NARAL Launches Campaign to Repeal Rule Prohibiting AmeriCorps Volunteers from Referring for Abortion Care

NARAL Pro-Choice America has launched a campaign to pressure Congress to repeal the gag rule that prohibits AmeriCorps volunteers from referring women for abortion care.

NARAL Calls on Missouri State Senate to Respect Private Medical Records, End Partisan Witch Hunt

Ahead of next Monday’s hearing in the Missouri State Senate on the private medical records of women across the state, we'll deliver the signatures of more than 21,000 NARAL members who are calling for the hearing to be shut down.

NARAL Calls Out Latest Dangerous Select Investigative Panel Attack Against Universities, Labs

A new round of subpoenas was issues by a House committee targeting universities, labs, and others as a part of a taxpayer-funded witch hunt by committee Republicans.


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