Standing Up for Reproductive Rights: A Look Back at the 115th Congress


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The 115th Congress will be remembered for extremist politicians and endless attacks on health care, including hostility towards women’s access to reproductive health care. We saw over 50 bills that threatened reproductive rights, but legislators also stood up and pushed back when we needed them most, introducing over 60 key bills supporting women’s health. We look forward to entering the new Congress with more champions for reproductive health and rights who will fight the attacks on women’s heath that we saw in the last Congress.

This resource includes summaries of key House and Senate bills and resolutions relating to reproductive rights. The chart is not intended to be comprehensive; many more bills, such as those concerning health, wages, and LGBTQ rights, affect access to reproductive health care for people across the country. The primary criterion for inclusion was whether the bill or resolution would have a direct impact on access to abortion, contraception, information related to either one, or maternal health. The Center for Reproductive Rights does not necessarily endorse all of these bills.

Download a printable version of the chart.