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. Right now, pro-choice lawmakers are outnumbered in both the House and Senate.
Find out how members of Congress voted on choice-related issues in 2013.
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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.
Learn about laws enacted by the U.S. government. They affect the lives of all women across the country.
News & Updates
Because of anti-choice laws designed to shut down clinics, there may soon be only one abortion provider for every one million women of reproductive age in Texas.
Anti-choice politicians are pushing for ineffective “abstinence-only” programs that don't teach how to prevent unintended pregnancy or protect against STIs. Thankfully, some school districts are choosing facts over misinformation and shame.
Susan Mulligan argues that, "much of the political fight about abortion isn’t really about abortion, either. It’s about whether women should be allowed to have sex."