Coercive Policies

The Center works with state advocates throughout the country to promote and defend women's access to reproductive health care services in state legislatures and other policy-making bodies.  Our State Program work is critical because each year state legislatures consider hundreds of bills that would restrict abortion.  Anti-choice activists intentionally target states where they are likely to succeed in passing harmful legislation, and use those victories to push similar bills in other states and on the national level.  Indeed, much of the erosion of reproductive rights in this country has come as a result of state legislative action.  The Center's State Program pays particular attention to the impact that restrictive laws and policies have on marginalized women and women who face disproportionate difficulties in achieving meaningful access to reproductive health care. The State Program also assists activists seeking to proactively strengthen reproductive rights and improve access.   

Specifically, the Center's State Program provides legal analysis, technical support and strategic advice to state legislators, advocacy organizations and individuals who want to ensure that all women have meaningful access to safe and legal reproductive health services, including abortion and contraception.   This includes model legislation; talking points; written analyses and veto letters.

The Center's State Program also monitors and analyzes proposed state laws and policies that would affect women seeking reproductive health services. Read:

En Vedette

A Battle in Arkansas

Yesterday, a legislature of extremists in Arkansas ignored the governor, ignored broad national support for the right to abortion, ignored the United States Supreme Court, ignored logic, and, most importantly, ignored a woman’s human right to make deeply personal decisions about her…

In Pursuit of Justice

Imagine you go to the hospital or a doctor's office and receive the treatment that you need to stay healthy. On your way out the door, you are given a bill. And an ultimatum.

If you can't pay the tab, then you will pay with your freedom. …

Reproductive Rights Violations—Torture By Any Other Name

A woman living with HIV in Chile is forcibly sterilized while unconscious and undergoing a cesarean delivery…

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