Emergency Contraception

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

Asuntos de enfoque

Fundamentally Wrong-headed

Center for Reproductive Rights President and CEO Nancy Northup did a round of press interviews following the shocking U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby…

Oklahoma EC Law Thrown Out of Court

An Oklahoma state court judge threw out a recently passed law that tried to reinstate unnecessary governmental barriers to emergency contraception…

The State of the States 2013

Over the past year, we have had to double the size of our team of attorneys and experts who track state legislation and policy. And the reason why couldn’t be more apparent: the assault on reproductive rights continues at an unprecedented level. …

The Worst Broken Record

After a decade-long battle led by the Center for Reproductive Rights, in June this year the US Food and Drug Administration finally approved the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step for over-the-counter sale…

Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, et al. v. Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy, et al. (OK)

The Center is challenging an Oklahoma law that unconstitutionally restricts adults and teens’ access to over-the-counter emergency contraceptives, by requiring adult women to show ID to a pharmacist to buy them, and teens under 17 to first get a prescription from a doctor.

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Contraceptive Access in the United States

The right to obtain and use contraceptives is part of the fundamental right to privacy guaranteed by the United States Constitution…

Judge Condemns Latest Fed Delays on EC

Just weeks after issuing a landmark decision in the Center’s epic battle to make emergency contraception available to all women without a prescription, Judge Edward Korman was back behind the bench, once again lambasting the federal government for keeping this vital health care component beyond…

USA Today: 'Plan B' contraception ruling correct

As a mother, I can understand the visceral reaction of many parents to the idea of teens having direct access to emergency contraception. …

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Releases Report on Torture and Ill-Treatment in Health Care Settings

This week, Juan Mendez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, presented a groundbreaking

U.S. Doctors Support Contraception

Two organizations that represent tens of thousands of doctors in separate medical fields have publicly expressed their support for expanded access to contraception. …

Our Work in Focus

The right to obtain and use contraceptives is part of the fundamental right to privacy guaranteed by the United States Constitution…

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