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Democracy and Civil Rights


NARAL Pro-Choice America believes that civil rights—including the right to vote—are essential to both the foundation of our democracy and to protecting and advancing reproductive freedom. That’s why we stand with our progressive allies in support of these rights. We recognize that voting is one of the most powerful ways that people can take action in support of reproductive freedom, including the constitutional right to abortion.

However, dangerous and discriminatory attacks on the right to vote such as mandating photo IDs, purging voter rolls, and restricting early and mail-in voting have denied millions of people the right to vote and threaten to deny millions more. Those most affected by anti-choice restrictions, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, are also disproportionately disenfranchised by laws and policies restricting the right to vote. These laws silence our voices as legislatures across the country debate our fundamental freedoms, including our right to decide if, when, and how to raise a family. 

NARAL Pro-Choice America supports policies that protect and advance civil rights and the ability to fully participate in our democracy through safe, fair, and accessible elections—and we oppose laws and policies that restrict voting rights.