The Center for Reproductive Rights has been working to protect access to abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic. We've filed numerous lawsuits challenging state orders to limit abortion access and have developed several fact sheets addressing the unique reproductive health issues during the pandemic.
Please click on the "Resources" tab on the right to access our COVID-19 fact sheets and the individual state tabs to find out about the status of each lawsuit.
The flurry of lawsuits filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights and its partners have succeeded in protecting access to abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The lawsuits challenge orders by anti-abortion lawmakers blocking or limiting access to abortion care during the pandemic, arguing that the states are imposing unconstitutional bans on abortion by claiming that abortion is non-essential health care. The Center joined partners in filing the suits in March and April 2020 challenging orders in Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Louisiana. Partner organizations also filed cases in Alabama, Iowa and Ohio.
"These emergency abortion bans are an abuse of power and part of an ongoing effort to use sham justifications to shut down clinics and make an end run around Roe v. Wade," said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights. "These same states have tried to ban abortion access for years; no one should be fooled that this is warranted by the current crisis. We will use every legal means to ensure that abortion care remains available during this critical time."
Because of the legal actions by the Center and its partners, abortion care was able to resume in every state.
Click on the navigation on the right for details about each COVID-19 lawsuit.
The Center for Reproductive Rights has developed several fact sheets to highlight why reproductive health care remains essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. In these fact sheets, the Center details how government officials have exploited COVID-19 to undermine reproductive rights and endanger the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls worldwide. These resources illustrate that reducing access to reproductive health care only exacerbates the crisis.
In addition, the Center has established the COVID-19 SHRH Pro Bono Clearinghouse, which helps challenge European governments that have restricted access to sexual and reproductive health care during the pandemic. The clearinghouse is comprised of global law firms that will provide free legal advice to civil society organizations and health professionals on issues of abortion, contraception, maternal health care, and assisted reproduction during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
See the Center’s COVID-19 resources here.