Funding for Reproductive Healthcare

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

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Gets It

If she wasn’t your hero already, take a look at the interview Justice Ginsburg gave to Elle magazine for their October issue, and you might reconsider. …

MSNBC Spotlights “Draw the Line” Campaign

MSNBC looked at the Center for Reproductive Rights’ new storytelling campaign Draw the Line, which shares the personal reproductive health…

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest v. Streur

In 2001, the Alaska Supreme Court held that withholding state Medicaid coverage for abortions while covering all other medically necessary care, including for pregnant women, violated the equal protection clause of the Alaska Constitution.  The Court held the state must fund all

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House Appropriations Committee Approves Abortion Coverage for Peace Corps Volunteers

(PRESS RELEASE) Today the House Committee on Appropriations voted to allow equal health care coverage for women in the Peace Corps seeking abortion care in cases of life endangerment, rape, and incest—a budgetary fix also adopted by the Senate that would provide Peace Corps Volunteers with…

Playing Politics with Women’s Health: U.S. Senator Pits Women’s Health Protection Act Against Nationwide Abortion Ban

(PRESS RELEASE) Today Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is expected to try to force a vote on his unconstitutional, nationwide abortion ban and cynically pit this measure against the Women’s Health Protection Act (S. 1696/H.R…

Mind Boggling

When Peace Corps Volunteer Christine Carcano was raped during her service in Peru, she confronted a mountain of challenges to overcome the experience: trauma, pelvic inflammatory disease from a sexually transmitted infection she contracted, and fear of being blamed and not believed…

Walker v. Jesson: Brief of Pro-Choice Resources as Amicus Curiae in Support of Respondent

In 2013, the Center for Reproductive Rights filed an amicus brief before the Minnesota Court of Appeals in Walker v.

Our Work in Focus

Two years ago today, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act…
In 2002, abortion was decriminalized on broad grounds in Nepal…
Around the world, the unmet need for safe and effective contraceptive services is staggering: Roughly 215 million women in developing countries rely on traditional contraceptive methods with high failure rates…
The Center for Reproductive Rights, University of Miami School of Law, the Human Rights Center of the University of Diego Portales (Chile), and the Human Rights Institute of Columbia Law School hosted the conference,…

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