United States

In the United States, the Center for Reproductive Rights litigates in federal and state courts and advocates for laws and policies to ensure reproductive rights and health services are available across the country.

Summary

In the U.S., one in four women will end a pregnancy in her lifetime—yet because of a decades-long effort by anti-abortion lawmakers, 90% of counties are without a single abortion provider.  And although most U.S. maternal deaths are preventable, the country has the highest maternal mortality ratio among wealthy nations. In addition, contraception and assisted reproduction services are often unaffordable and out of reach for many.   

Through strategic litigation and legal policy and advocacy, and by holding governments accountable, the Center’s U.S. Program—with offices in New York and Washington, DC—works to strengthen legal guarantees to ensure that reproductive rights and health services are available across the country. The Center is especially focused on reducing disparities in accessing care, since Black, Indigenous and people of color, and those living in rural communities and with lower incomes, are disproportionally harmed when health care is inaccessible.   

The Center has secured numerous legal victories in both state and federal courts and since our founding in 1992 has been involved in every major U.S. Supreme Court case on abortion rights—including the landmark Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in 2016 and June Medical Services v. Russo in 2020. Both these victories protected access for millions seeking to exercise their constitutional right to abortion.

Key Facts

90%

Of United States counties are without a single abortion provider.

3X

Black and Indigenous women in the U.S. are roughly three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women.

500

Nearly 500 laws restricting abortion access have been passed by U.S. states since 2011.

Cases and work

Explore highlights of our work in the U.S.

The Center will return to the Supreme Court to defend the right to abortion as recognized in 1973 in Roe v. Wade.

Package of federal bills to protect maternal health and advance respectful maternity care.

Center lawsuits and resources addressing abortion care during the pandemic.

Publications and Resources

Women's Health Protection Act card link

Women’s Health Protection Act

Federal legislation to protect the right to access abortion care in every state. Read more.

"What if Roe Fell?" U.S. State Abortion Laws Map card link

“What if Roe Fell?” U.S. State Abortion Laws Map

Explore the Center’s interactive map showing abortion laws and policies for all U.S. states and territories. Find out more.

Serving Those Who Serve? card link

Serving Those Who Serve?

Military servicemembers and veterans lack access to basic reproductive health care, including contraception, abortion and assisted reproduction. Read the Center’s analyses and recommended solutions. Read more.

Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court card link

Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court

The Center’s 2020 win in June Medical Services v. Russo kept abortion clinics open in Louisiana and protected access for thousands. Learn more here.

The Undue Burden Standard after June Medical Services v. Russo card link

The Undue Burden Standard after June Medical Services v. Russo

An analysis of the ruling’s impact on the legal standard used by courts to determine the constitutionality of abortion laws. Read more.

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