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The Facts on Reproductive Freedom

Looking for in-depth information on issues related to reproductive freedom? Our reports, fact sheets, and polling are respected by academics and reporters as valuable resources. Please contact us with questions related to any of these documents.

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Medication Abortion Care

For over 20 years, medication abortion care has been a safe and effective U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved option for ending early pregnancy. The medication abortion regimen involves two medications: mifepristone and, after, misoprostol. Although proven to be safe and effective, outdated and unnecessary restrictions at th...

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The State of Legal Abortion: States Poised to Ban Abortion If Roe Falls

The anti-choice movement has spent decades working to stack the courts with judges hostile to reproductive freedom. Thanks to Donald Trump and Senate Republicans, they succeeded in solidifying an anti-choice supermajority on our country’s highest court with the illegitimate and rushed confirmations of Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Bar...

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Bans on Method of Abortion

Method-based bans, which restrict access to abortion care based on specific methods—such as dilation and extraction (D&E), the standard method for abortion care after about 14-15 weeks of pregnancy—are part of an orchestrated national strategy by anti-choice politicians to push abortion care out of reach. The anti-choice movement often d...

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Bans on Abortion by Week

Bans on abortion at different points in pregnancy—including six weeks, 15 weeks, and 20weeks—are blatantly unconstitutional, violating long-held U.S. Supreme Court precedent recognizing the right to abortion. Knowing this, lawmakers hostile to reproductive freedom have pushed bans on abortion at various arbitrary points in pregnancy for ...

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Bans Based on the Reason a Person May Seek Abortion Care

The anti-choice movement pushes bans on abortion in cases of race, sex selection, or fetal diagnosis, sometimes called “reasons bans,” under the guise of anti-discrimination. These bans often force providers to interrogate a person’s motives for seeking an abortion and hold providers legally liable depending on why someone is seeking car...

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Reproductive Freedom Conversation Guide

Throughout your conversations with constituents and media, you may be asked about your views on abortion and reproductive rights. This conversation guide will help you to use the most appropriate language to support the movement for sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Memo: Marking One Year Since the January 6, 2021 Insurrection, Pulling Back the Curtain on the Anti-Choice Movement’s Role in Attacking Our Democracy

The January 6, 2021 attack on our country and our democracy put the right-wing’s violent extremism on full display, as armed MAGA insurrectionists attempted to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election to the presidency. The attack also highlighted the clear overlap between the anti-choice movement and anti-democracy groups working ...

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Overlap Between Supreme Court Justices and Anti-Choice Talking Points During Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Arguments

Throughout oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, several U.S. Supreme Court justices parroted inaccurate and intentionally inflammatory talking points about abortion spread by anti-choice groups. The case directly challenges Roe v. Wade, and there is no path for the Court to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion...

Memo: Texas Senate Bill 8: What it Means and How We Got Here

At midnight in Texas, a horrifying law (SB 8) went into effect banning abortion before many people know they’re pregnant. This extreme ban has thus far evaded legal challenges by using a novel enforcement approach: deputizing any person to act as a bounty hunter, spy on their neighbors, and secure a $10,000+ reward for successfully suing...

Memorándum: Fe y la libertad reproductiva

La Derecha Radical antielección a menudo retrata falsamente la religión como una oposición a la lucha por la libertad reproductiva, pero la verdad es que las personas de todas las tradiciones religiosas tienen posiciones vastas y matizadas sobre el aborto. Para muchos, su apoyo a la libertad reproductiva está profundamente arraigado en s...

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Getting the Edge: Proactive Abortion Messaging to Seize the Debate

We share a vision for a future where all families have the freedom to make personal decisions around parenthood, pregnancy, and abortion care without political interference. In order to make this vision a reality, we must tap into these shared values and create powerful messaging that can unite us toward our shared goal.

Memo: Faith and Reproductive Freedom

The anti-choice Radical Right often falsely portrays religion as set in opposition to the fight for reproductive freedom—but the truth is that people across faith traditions have vast and nuanced positions on abortion. For many, their support for reproductive freedom is deeply rooted in their faith

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Anti-Choice Violence and the U.S. Capitol Insurrection

Several high profile anti-choice leaders and activists were involved in promoting the Jan. 6th insurrection to overturn the 2020 election results. The history of anti-choice politics intertwining with white supremacy is well-documented and anti-choice extremists wrote the
playbook on violent disruption.

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GOP Gaslighting on the Supreme Court

For decades, the Republican party has openly embraced one key goal: securing a solidly conservative Supreme Court that will roll back reproductive freedom (along with a host of other basic rights), making its far-right priorities effectively immune to the will of the people. Yet today, as Republicans stand on the brink of locking in a de...

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Combatting Anti-Faith & Conflation Narratives

It’s imperative to remember: Any judicial nominee must be scrutinized on their records, their public statements, and their policy views, especially for a lifetime appointment. This is not about religious identity. People of all faiths support reproductive freedom.

‘Pro-Life’ Hypocrisy As COVID-19 Cases Soar

As a majority of states experience a rise in cases, instead of embracing public health guidance and governing competently, Republican politicians continue to exploit the crisis and anti-choice activists are blatantly flouting public health guidelines.

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Conservative Attacks on Birth Control

Despite contraception being available and popular since the 1960s and 1970s, anti-choice activists have recently gained steam in their campaign to stigmatize and ban contraception. Now, they’re admitting that if they succeed in banning or otherwise undermining access to abortion, attacking contraception is their next focus.

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Pro-Life Hypocrisy During Covid

As the country and the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed more than 50,000 American lives and rendered more than 26 million people unemployed in the United States, the anti-choice movement and Republican politicians are putting their hypocrisy on full display.

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Memo: The Disinformation Threat on Facebook

Facebook’s analysis elides ​the most important factor in Trump’s success online—the Trump campaign’s aggressive social media push was centered on disinformation and propaganda and worked to undermine a free and fair election.

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2020 Who Decides? The Status of Reproductive Rights in the United States

As the country faces a new reality for abortion rights, with the Supreme Court now more hostile to reproductive freedom, the new report illustrates the landscape of reproductive rights in the states. Notably, the report finds that 35 states and the District of Columbia enacted 96 pro-choice measures in 2019—an enormous increase over prev...

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NARAL Message Guidance

While Republican lawmakers in states across the country rush to pass extreme abortion bans, reproductive freedom advocates have the critical task of amplifying the real story:

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How to Respond to Tough Questions and Avoid Anti-Choice Traps

Disinformation, charged rhetoric, and false information are flying around abortion—especially the rare cases of abortion later in pregnancy—and post-birth palliative care. To rebut these claims, research shows that the most effective value we can communicate is that of supporting parent.

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The Insidious Power of the Anti-Choice Movement

The anti-choice movement has spent decades finding new ways to insinuate themselves into our government, our policies, and our politics. They’ve been working tirelessly to build political power and pursued small victories that help stack the deck in their favor.

NARAL PPFA 2014 post-election polling

A new NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund survey in four key Senate battleground states demonstrates that voters support women’s reproductive health, want to support candidates who do as well , and will vote on the issue.

2016 Elections at a Glance

How many members of Congress and governors support and oppose reproductive freedom? Find out where this stands now and how it changed from the before the 2016 elections.

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National Survey on Support for Abortion Access

68.7% of respondents agreed with the statement, “I believe having an abortion is morally acceptable and should be legal,” or “I am personally against abortion for myself and my family, but I don’t believe government should prevent a woman from making that decision for herself.”

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