The 2022 March for Life theme, “Equality Begins in the Womb,” exemplifies the anti-choice movement’s longstanding strategy of co-opting social justice rhetoric in order to make its extreme agenda appear more palatable.
The Facts on Reproductive Freedom
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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 Although proven to be safe and effective, outdated and unnecessary restrictions at th...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
The anti-choice movement has a history of ignoring science and medical expertise in pursuit of its dangerous agenda. In the lead-up to and during oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, anti-choice organizations went one step further.
Memo: Anti-Choice Supreme Court Justices Use Smoke and Mirror Tactics to Distract from Extremist Agenda
No matter how some may try to spin it, there is no path for the Supreme Court to uphold Mississippi’s ban without overturning Roe v. Wade.
As backlash to Texas’ ban on abortion care at around six weeks (before many people even know they’re pregnant) mounts, the anti-choice movement is actively spreading disinformation and misleading narratives in an effort to deflect criticism of the cruel new law. This is a critical moment for supporters of reproductive freedom to debunk d...
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...
Today, Texas’ extreme and draconian ban on abortion, which puts a $10,000+ bounty on the heads of people who support someone seeking abortion care after about six weeks of pregnancy, went into effect. One of the main figures behind the bill, SB 8, is Texas-based anti-choice activist Mark Lee Dickson.
The Supreme Court’s upcoming Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, threatening the constitutional right to abortion. Amicus briefs from Susan B. Anthony List, Students for Life, and other leading anti-choice organizations were filed last week. Unsurprisingl...
Anti-choice lawmakers in the Arizona legislature made it clear that their strategy was to attack abortion rights and access from every angle imaginable—from threatening people who seek abortion care with jail time, to banning abortion before many people even know they’re pregnant, to banning public institutions from providing abortion re...
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...
Las encuestas muestran que alrededor del 77% de los estadounidenses apoyan el derecho legal al aborto. A pesar de este hecho, la conversación sobre la libertad reproductiva es tratada de manera falsa como si fuera controvertida. El aborto se discute sistemáticamente desde un enfoque de “ambos lados” como si fuera público la opinión está ...
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.
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
Voters across the country turned out in historic numbers in November to send President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to the White House. Now, 100 days into the Biden-Harris administration, we’re seeing the stark difference this change in leadership has had on policies affecting reproductive freedom.
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.
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...
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.
Don’t Get Caught Up in the “Who.” Trump’s Next SCOTUS Nominee Will Threaten Reproductive Freedom for Generations if Confirmed
As speculation swirls around who Trump will name in the coming days, one fact is paramount to remember: No matter who the nominee is, they will be hostile to reproductive freedom and Roe v. Wade.
Following Tennessee’s recent passage of a slate of abortion restrictions, our Global Strategy Group partners conducted a one-week analysis of related coverage.
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.
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.
A deep dive into how the media covers abortion in the US.
Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, anti-choice political leaders have made it crystal clear that they don’t value people’s lives.
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.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and the NARAL Freedom Fund launched a six-figure ad campaign in key battleground states to highlight how the Trump Administration is exploiting the pandemic as an excuse to try to ban abortion. The ads show movement against Trump among key demographics.
In one of the most closely-watched primary races in the 2020 election cycle, NARAL-endorsed progressive challenger Marie Newman ousted anti-choice Democratic incumbent Dan Lipinski in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District.
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.
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.
Americans across the country — in red, blue, and purple states — support reproductive freedom and candidates would be wise to make clear their commitment to ensuring every woman can make her own decisions about how, if, and when to raise a family.
State Legislators Are No Longer Trying To Hide The Ultimate Goal Of The Anti-Choice Movement: To Criminalize Women For Having Abortions
In a recent cascade of extreme anti-choice bills in the states, anti-choice state legislators have become far bolder about their intent to criminalize women who have abortions and doctors who provide care.
The Far Right’s New “Extremist” Narrative Highlights Their Tenuous Position In The Debate On Reproductive Freedom
The culmination of a more than 40-year campaign by anti-choice activists to shift the balance of the Supreme Court decidedly against Roe v. Wade, Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation flipped the script for the conservative movement in the abortion debate.
Disinformation, charged rhetoric, and false information are flying around abortion—especially the rare cases of abortion later in pregnancy—and post-birth palliative care.
Recent polling has shown that this outright assault on abortion access is backfiring. Polling clearly shows that the vast majority of Americans support legal access to abortion and do not want extreme bans on abortion, and the 2020 Democratic field reflects mainstream American values on this key issue.
A new, long-term message research project conducted by NARAL Pro-Choice America finds that discussing the topic of abortion care and reproductive freedom in the U.S. is highly effective when framed through the narrative lens of freedom vs. control.
Republicans, led by President Trump, have been making false and incendiary claims about abortions that are performed later in pregnancy and post-birth palliative care.
A recent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling on behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice America found that a majority of voters are more likely to support elected officials in the next election if they work to advance legislation that will protect Roe v. Wade and prevent the criminalization of abortion.
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...
Pro-choice measures enacted during 2018 cover wide-ranging topics, from measures to improve contraceptive access, including requirements that health-insurance plans cover 12 months of contraception at once, to policies that promote healthy childbearing, to measures that protect pregnant women in the workplace.
Susan Collins Intentionally Misled the Public about Kavanaugh: She Must be Held Accountable for Kavanaugh’s War on Roe
Throughout Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination process, Senator Susan Collins intentionally misled the public by saying that Kavanaugh did not pose a threat to Roe v. Wade’s protections for women and families.
Americans across the country support reproductive freedom.
It’s no secret that President Trump uses extreme policies and statements to distract from his ongoing scandals and failures. Often, these extreme diversionary tactics aim at undermining abortion rights and blocking abortion access.
Amidst a wave of political violence, and in the wake of the tense Kavanaugh hearings, President Trump has increasingly framed his political opponents as “evil” people engaged in a war against him.
New Poll: Suburban Women in Key Swing Districts Are More Likely to Vote for Candidates that Support Reproductive Freedom
A recent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling on behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice America found that a majority suburban women in key Congressional districts support abortion access, and are more likely to vote for candidates that will protect reproductive freedom.
A new survey finds that a large majority (67%) of South Carolina voters believe that abortion should be legal and that the government should not prevent a woman from making that decision for herself.
Following pressure from several senators, the Trump administration authorized the FBI to investigate allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had committed sexual assault.
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:
Anti-Choice Leaders Celebrated With Kavanaugh, Declaring His Confirmation A Victory In Their Fight To End Abortion
After dropping at least $16 million and spending weeks lobbying in support of Kavanaugh’s nomination, anti-choice groups celebrated Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a major win for the antichoice movement.
Senate Republicans Have Acted In Bad Faith When Evaluating The Credible Sexual Assault Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh
From The Beginning, The Republican Establishment Ran A Coordinated Campaign To Bolster Kavanaugh And Discredit Dr. Blasey Ford
Even After Multiple Credible Accusations, Top Anti-Choice Advocacy Organizations Stand By Kavanaugh At All Costs
The GOP has now shown their willingness to do anything—including ignore multiple sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and allow survivors of sexual assault to be degraded and even attacked—in order to put Kavanaugh on the bench since he is a sure-fire vote to gut Roe, criminalize abortion, and punish women.
A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that a majority of voters in Kentucky (59%) believe abortion should be legal and that the government should not prevent a woman from making the decision whether or not to have an abortion for herself.
Every conservative nominee to the Supreme Court since Clarence Thomas has been compared to an umpire as part of a carefully-orchestrated GOP messaging strategy.
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.
Senators Who Claim to be Allies to Women Cannot Vote to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh in Light of New Sexual Assault Allegations
In light of breaking reports that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford, NARAL Pro-Choice America has compiled the information below detailing how Senators have publicly condemned sexual assault and, in some cases, supported legislation to protect women and victims of sexual violence.
Kavanaugh’s Conservative, Anti-Choice Backers Have Not Been Able To Translate Their Millions Into Grassroots Energy
Brett Kavanaugh is an incredibly unpopular Supreme Court pick whose polling numbers have been consistently underwater and are still falling. Anti-choice and conservative groups are spending over $30 million to prop up his failing campaign.
As the anti-choice GOP continues to use backdoor tactics to roll back our fundamental rights, polling shows that voters are overwhelmingly with us and reject their agenda handily.
For decades, anti-choice organizations based in the U.S. have been working to preserve Ireland’s 8th Amendment of its constitution, which effectively bans abortion, showcasing just how far these groups will go to try to strip women -- not just in the U.S., but also abroad -- of their right to make decisions about their own bodies, future...
Pro-choice measures enacted during 2017 cover wide-ranging topics, from measures to improve contraceptive access, including requirements that health-insurance plans cover 12 months of contraception at once, to policies that promote healthy childbearing, to measures that protect pregnant women in the workplace.
Support for women’s rights and reproductive freedom play an important role in 80% of Californians’ electoral decisions, with women ranking them as one of the the three most important issues affecting their vote in the gubernatorial and other elections.
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.
This report summarizes the state of women's access to reproductive-health care nationwide, including legislation enacted in the states in 2016.
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.
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.
A summary of recent public opinion polls on reproductive health care.
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.”
Learn about important Supreme Court cases related to reproductive freedom.