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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.

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.

Bans on Abortion Coverage in Government-Run Health-Care Programs

Congress' bans on abortion coverage harm women who receive health-care coverage through the government, such as women enrolled in Medicaid, Medicare, and the Indian Health Service; U.S. servicewomen and veterans; federal employees; Peace Corps volunteers; low-income women in Washington, D.C.; and others.

Repeal D.C.’s Ban on Local Abortion Funding

The decision of anti-choice members of Congress to bar the District from using its own locally raised revenues for abortion services usurps the prerogatives of the local D.C. government and tramples the rights of District residents.

Guarantee Women’s Access to Birth Control

Pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control are emboldened because of laws referred to as refusal laws (sometimes called “conscience” laws), which permit a broad range of individuals and institutions—including hospitals, hospital employees, health-care providers, employers, and insurers—to refuse to provide, pay, couns...

Global Gag Rule: A Flawed Policy

The global gag rule effectively blocked funds from organizations that provide family-planning services, as well as other critical health services, to some of the poorest women in the world.

United Nations Population Fund

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) provides crucial funding for family-planning services, as well as other essential health services, for some of the poorest women in the world.

Repeal the Helms Amendment

Enacted in 1973, the Helms amendment has resulted in a near-total ban on U.S. assistance to some of the world’s poorest women who need abortion care.

The Federal Abortion Ban

The Federal Abortion Ban outlaws certain second-trimester abortions that doctors have said are necessary to protect some women’s health. The law has no exception for cases when a woman’s health is in danger.

Abortion Bans Endanger Women’s Health

40 years after the Supreme Court recognized the right to choose with Roe v. Wade and the vital importance of women’s health, attacks on women’s privacy, and on health protections in particular, continue.

Race- and Sex-Selection Abortion Bans

Race- and sex-selection abortion bans are false solutions to the real problems of racism and sexism. These abortion bans co-opt civil-rights language and use it to attack reproductive rights.

The Federal Refusal Clause: Endangering Women’s Health

The Federal Refusal Clause, also known as the Weldon amendment, is a wide-sweeping and controversial federal law that threatens women’s access to reproductive-health care by blocking federal, state, and local governments from enforcing their own pro-choice laws and contracts.

Abortion Coverage for Women in the Military

The right to choose should not be dependent on one’s source of health insurance, and this is especially true for our servicewomen. When a woman signs up to serve her country, she should not be signing away her reproductive rights.

The Truth about Crisis Pregnancy Centers

The anti-choice movement has for years tried to restrict, control, and manipulate the information women facing unplanned pregnancies receive. To do so, they have built a national network of anti-choice organizations, some of them posing as comprehensive health-care clinics – called “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs).

Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA)

The pro-choice community supports the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) – a measure that would codify Roe v. Wade’s protections and guarantee the right to choose for future generations of women.

The Safety of Legal Abortion and the Hazards of Illegal Abortion

As part of their strategy to make abortion illegal and unavailable, anti-choice forces make unsubstantiated claims that legal abortion is harmful to women’s health. The fact is that the decriminalization of abortion in the United States in 1973 has led to tremendous gains in protecting women’s health.

Bans on Abortion Coverage in Government-Run Health-Care Programs

For four decades, unable to make abortion illegal again, anti-choice legislators have tried to make the procedure nearly impossible for women to obtain. One of their most aggressive tactics has been to put abortion services financially out of reach for as many women as possible by banning insurance coverage of abortion services in govern...

What’s Next for Emergency Contraception?

Emergency contraception (EC) holds tremendous potential for reducing the number of unintended pregnancies. In order to realize EC’s full potential to prevent unintended pregnancy, policymakers need to take several additional steps.

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