Reporting on Rights

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

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…

MSNBC: Northup Responds to “Extraordinary” Supreme Court Ruling

Center for Reproductive Rights President and CEO Nancy Northup spoke to Rachel Maddow last night directly after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling granting the Center’s emergency petition to reopen 13 Texas abortion clinics that had been forced to close by court order two weeks ago…