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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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Tell the Pennsylvania Legislature to Stop Throwing Women in Jail for Abortion

Jennifer Whalen is a single mom in very difficult circumstances. She was just sentenced to 18 months in prison for trying to help her daughter get safe, legal abortion care! Tell the Pennsylvania legislature to stop throwing women in jail and focus on making sure we can exercise our constitutional rights.

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Featured Efforts

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 »

Stop Michael Boggs' Confirmation

President Obama asked the Senate to confirm a judicial nominee who tried to channel funds to anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers and make a parental consent law even more extreme. 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. 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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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

Sen. Whitehouse Feeling Pressure for Not Opposing Boggs

Our letter to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse about anti-choice judicial nominee Michael Boggs urged the senator to reconsider his position.

We Urge Sen. Whitehouse to Reconsider Position on Boggs

In a letter to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, we expressed disappointment in the senator's decision to support anti-choice judicial nominee Michael Boggs' and urged him to reconsider his position.

Missouri Legislature Overrides Veto of 3-Day Forced Delay

Missouri Gov. Nixon vetoed a bill that would force a woman to wait 72-hours before she can access abortion care. But the state legislature has voted to override the veto.


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