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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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Stand Up for D.C. Women and Families

Don't let anti-choice members of Congress overturn two non-discrimination laws passed by the D.C. City Council.

Urge Your Members of Congress to Cosponsor the Women's Health Protection Act

The Women's Health Protection Act puts a stop to restrictions and obstacles that prevent women from getting the care they need and deserve. Tell your members of Congress to support it!

Featured Efforts

Exposing Anti-Choice Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Anti-choice CPCs mislead and manipulate people facing unintended pregnancies. Learn More »

We Stopped Michael Boggs' Confirmation

Find out how we stopped the confirmation of anti-choice Michael Boggs to a lifetime position on the federal bench. 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. Just after entering office, he canceled the anti-choice global gag rule.
  • President Obama proposes the federal budget. Choice 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 2014.

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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

Nevada Considers Bill that Could Endanger Vulnerable Young Women

The parental notification bill in Nevada would "make it much more difficult and much more unsafe for a young woman who is in a troubled family and who believes she cannot involve a parent."

New Method for Rolling Back Our Rights

A crop of dangerous new laws threaten equality and could block women's access to basic health care. Louisiana is the latest state to add one to the books.

Military Women and Abortion Access

Scandal recently featured an episode in which a servicewoman needs to access abortion care. But what's it like for real women in the military who don't have Olivia Pope's help?


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