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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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Supreme Court will Hear Case on Abortion Restrictions

The Supreme Court announced that it will take up a once-in-a-generation case on abortion access. Say you'll stand on the side of reproductive freedom as this case heads to the highest court in the land.

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.

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Supreme Court Case: Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt

The U.S. Supreme Court is about to hear a case that could redefine abortion access for decades to come. The case, known as Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, is a challenge to Texas' notorious TRAP law, H.B.2. Learn More »

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 »

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

Find out how members of Congress voted on choice-related issues in 2015. Download our report now >>

Who Represents You?

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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

Consequences from Defunding Planned Parenthood

Texas legislators prevented Planned Parenthood from providing health care to low-income women using Medicaid. A new study examines the profound effects of that decision.

How Texas is Trying to Gut Roe v. Wade

This analysis of Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt reveals the anti-choice strategy to make abortion impossible for women to access.

Ohio Senate Passes Extreme Anti-Choice Bill

This attack on Planned Parenthood could have potentially devastating implications for public health funding.


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