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 currently has anti-choice leadership. In January, Republican leaders who are anti-choice will take over the Senate, too.
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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.
News & Updates
When we launched our campaign against Michael Boggs' nomination, we knew it would be an uphill battle. But we couldn't stay on the sidelines. See how this pro-choice victory played out.
A Missouri politician introduced an anti-choice bill that takes away a woman's ability to make her own choices, except in a case of "legitimate rape."
The Senate adjourned without advancing judicial nominee Michael Boggs to a vote. Senators heard loud and clear the unified voices calling for a federal bench that puts constitutional rights above personal ideology.