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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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Fight Pregnancy Discrimination

Women deserve accommodations that demonstrate respect for a woman’s choice to start or grow a family. That’s an essential part of reproductive freedom.

Tell Republican Senators: Don't Obstruct President Obama's Supreme Court Nominee

President Obama has fulfilled his constitutional duty to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, nominating Merrick Garland. And yet Senate Republican leaders are still refusing to do their jobs.

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Combating the Zika Health Crisis

The Republicans are playing games with the health of women and families. Their Zika bill restricts funding for contraception and health care clinics. Learn More »

Victory in Supreme Court Case Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-3 to protect women's access to abortion care by overturning Texas' notorious TRAP law. 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. 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.

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

How did your members of Congress vote on issues related to reproductive freedom in 2016?

Who Represents You?

Find out who your senators and representative are >>


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

NARAL Statement on Reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule

Today, just three days into his presidency, President Donald Trump reinstated the global gag rule, which denies family-planning funds for overseas health centers unless they comply with dangerous restrictions.

House Votes to Deny Many Women Insurance Coverage for Abortion

Anti-choice Congressional Republicans today voted on legislation to keep many women from accessing abortion care through their own private insurance coverage.

Price’s Extreme Anti-Choice Record Makes Him Unfit to Serve as HHS Secretary

Today, the U.S. Senate will begin confirmation hearings for Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), who has been tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


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