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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

En Vedette

A Human Rights Crisis

Ida was getting “desperate.” The mother of two had received a year’s supply of contraception from a family planning clinic in Texas’s Lower Rio Grande Valley before it was shuttered by reckless state budget cuts. She had only about a week’s worth left…

UN Body Slams Abortion Laws

This month, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee) condemned Hungary for two types of abortion restrictions that are on the rise both in Europe and in the US—mandatory waiting periods and biased counseling laws…

Under Federal Attack

The most unpopular Congress in history didn't take that title by accident or through a stroke of bad luck. The 112th Congress, which came to an end just a few months ago, earned a record-setting rate of disapproval from U.S. voters because of its legislative record.   …

Extremists Target Rape Exception

Just when you thought the opponents of reproductive freedom couldn't get any more radical, they outdo themselves…

2012: U.S. in Review

Put 2012 against any year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, in 1973, and you would be hard pressed to find a period that offered as many highs and lows as the past 12 months.

Let's start with the highlights. …

Philippines Passes Reproductive Health Bill that Guarantees Access to Modern Contraceptives

A reproductive health bill that has been in the making for more than a decade was passed in both the Philippines House of Representatives and the Senate. The House and Senate reconciled their respective versions of the bill last month and President Benigno Aquino III signed the bill into…

Texas At It Again

This week, elected officials in Texas began pre-filing some of the bills they hope to pass during the 2013 legislative session…

New Beginning in Nepal

As the only global legal advocacy group dedicated to the advancement of reproductive rights worldwide, the Center set a goal several years ago to establish a strong presence in the places where we battle for women's health, equality, and dignity. …

Not Easy Being a Woman in Texas

Anti-choice legislators in Texas have long been in the business of violating reproductive rights, demonstrated ever so bluntly last year when they pushed one of the most demeaning, invasive ultrasound laws ever enacted…

A Landmark Win for Women’s Health

The news out of Washington today is excellent for women across the United States. …

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