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.
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.
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
How did your members of Congress vote on issues related to reproductive freedom in 2015?
Who Represents You?
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
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