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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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Let's Hold Them Accountable

Anti-choice candidates didn’t win by running on their beliefs – they won by running on ours. Tell them they'll be held accountable if they support any attacks on our reproductive freedom.

Don't Let Pharmacies Refuse to Fill Birth Control Prescriptions

Every day, some pharmacists lecture women for taking birth control or refuse to fill their prescriptions. Help stop this ridiculous practice.

Featured Efforts

Stop Michael Boggs' Confirmation

Find out why we oppose the nomination of Georgia state appeals court judge Michael Boggs to the federal district court and see how you can speak out. Learn More »

Supreme Court Cases on Birth-Control Coverage

Bosses at Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, two for-profit companies, oppose birth control and didn't want their health plan to cover it. Their suit went all the way to the Supreme Court, and, unfortunately, they won. 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 currently has anti-choice leadership. In January, Republican leaders who are anti-choice will take over the Senate, too.

Find out how members of Congress voted on choice-related issues in 2013.

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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.

Federal Choice-Related Laws

Learn about laws enacted by the U.S. government. They affect the lives of all women across the country.


News & Updates

Preparing for an Onslaught of Attacks

With anti-choice politicians winning elections in many states, here's what we could be facing in 2015.

BuzzFeed: 6 Times Feminists Refused To Be Silenced

Those who don’t believe in gender equality constantly tell feminists to get back in their place and stop causing such a ruckus. And we’ve fought back every single time.

Further Proof that Abortion Providers are Heros

What's it like to run the only abortion clinic in your state? Find out.


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