Abortion

The U.S. Legal Department strives to protect and advance reproductive liberty and access to reproductive health care in the United States by employing diverse strategies grounded in CRR's legal expertise.

To learn more about the different areas of our work, please check out our U.S. litigation, advocacy work in Washington, D.C. and the states, U.S.-based human rights work, and our Law School Initiative.

The Center's litigation work in the United States seeks to broadly promote reproductive rights. Our goals include:

  • Securing recognition that reproductive freedom is both a fundamental constitutional right and a human right that the government is obligated to respect, protect and fulfill;
  • Ensuring that all women have access to safe and affordable contraception;
  • Protecting women’s access to safe, legal and affordable abortion services;
  • Ensuring that adolescents have access to reproductive health services; that adolescents’ confidentiality is protected in their pursuit of those services; and that adolescents have access to age-appropriate, comprehensive sexuality education;
  • Defending abortion providers against unreasonable government actions

In The Spotlight

Oklahoma Judge Greenlights Unconstitutional Clinic Shutdown Law

(PRESS RELEASE) A state district court judge failed today to block an unconstitutional Oklahoma abortion clinic shutdown law similar to others…

A Global View of Abortion Rights

A critical accompaniment to the World's Abortion Laws map, this fact sheet provides a snapshot of the current status of abortion in countries across the globe, trends in global abortion laws and a summary of the human rights standards surrounding abortion services. …

Questions & Answers: Understanding the World's Abortion Laws Map

This fact sheet provides readers with critical information for understanding the World Abortion Laws map, including information on the legal sources of abortion laws, as well as in-depth descriptions of each category on the abortion map and the types of abortion laws they include…

Our Work in Focus

The Monitoring Tool provides a means to monitor the implementation of specific State obligations in the field of reproductive rights…
Every year, tens of thousands of women are lured to crisis pregnancy centers in the U.S…
The right to life is a fundamental human right, central to the enjoyment of all other human rights…
Human Rights defenders are the activists, including journalists, lawyers, judges, and healthcare providers, whose work allows others to exercise their human rights…