Legal Restrictions

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

Time to Get Emergency Contraception Right

The rules on who can get emergency contraception without a prescription are confusing. They don’t need to be, and they shouldn’t be, not for a drug deemed safe by government experts.

A recent study, though, revealed that many pharmacies are denying the medication to women who meet the legal requirements and don’t need a prescription…

State: Hodes & Nauser, MDs, P.A. et al. v. Robert Moser, M.D et al.

This case challenges a regulatory scheme that would have gone into effect on November 14, 2011.  If enforced, the scheme would prevent the provision of abortion services in any medical establishment not licensed as an abortion facility, even where prompt termination of pregnancy is needed

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Federal: Hodes & Nauser, MDs, P.A. et al. v. Robert Moser, M.D et al.

This case challenges the constitutionality of onerous temporary regulations and a sham licensing process adopted and implemented by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) that will cause most of the abortion providers in the State to cease providing ongoing

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Our Work in Focus

Young women face particular obstacles to accessing reproductive health services and information…
In their efforts to make abortion inaccessible to as many women as possible, anti-choice forces have focused on burdening minors' access to abortion…

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