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. 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.
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.
The House passed a bill that would take away insurance coverage for abortion for millions of women. It would also tax small businesses that include abortion coverage in their health plan. Find out how your representative voted >>
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Congressional Record on Choice
Find out how members of Congress voted on choice-related issues in 2014.
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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
Rule changes from the Louisiana Board of Health could make it even harder for women in the state to access abortion care.
Kansas is in the middle of a massive budget crisis. But instead of solving his state's problems, Gov. Brownback just signed an unconstitutional anti-choice bill that will cost taxpayers even more money to defend in court.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman hits the nail on the head when she asks why anti-choice Republicans who want to outlaw abortion also "refuse to ensure [women] have access to the care, support and resources to make [their children] productive members in society?"