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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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NO shutdowns. NO cuts to Planned Parenthood or other vital programs.

Extremist U.S. senators have already started talking about shutting down the government over their crusade to destroy Planned Parenthood. Make sure Congress knows this is unacceptable

Tell Senators to Stop the Abortion Ban

If we don't act now, anti-choice politicians in the Senate could pass an abortion ban and take away this decision from women.

Featured Efforts

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 »

Exposing Anti-Choice Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Anti-choice CPCs mislead and manipulate people facing unintended pregnancies. 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—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

Under the Radar, House Passes Dangerous Anti-Choice Bill

The House just passed a bill that could make it much more difficult for low-income people to access health care. If it becomes law, it would have a huge impact on Planned Parenthood and many other health-care providers.

NARAL Pro-Choice America on Speaker Boehner's Resignation: The GOP Just Got More Extreme

"Today's anti-choice minority in the GOP is so extreme, even a staunchly anti-choice Speaker Boehner cannot withstand the pressure of trying to prevent them from sabotaging their entire party in the eyes of voters," said Ilyse Hogue.

NARAL Pro-Choice America on Senate Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

"As the clock winds down toward another government shutdown, the Senate leadership's decision to tie their unpopular anti-choice agenda to the crucial bill that would continue funding the government is not only tone-deaf, but dangerous."

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