U.S. Congressional Advocacy

The Center for Reproductive Rights advocates for federal laws and policies to advance reproductive health, rights, and access for all.

Summary

On Capitol Hill, our legal experts and legislative strategists are leading efforts to create and advance progressive public policies to strengthen reproductive rights and access for generations to come—from assuring equitable spending in health care to promoting nationwide protections for access to abortion, safe and respectful maternal health care, assisted reproductive technologies like IVF, contraception, and other critical reproductive care.

Our federal policy and advocacy staff are go-to voices on the Hill for sharp analysis and counsel when it comes to reproductive rights in the courts and in policy development. The Center spearheads efforts to push forward proactive legislation, provides technical assistance in legislative drafting and strategy, submits testimony for the congressional record, hosts congressional briefings on policy issues and legislation, helps prepare expert witnesses for congressional hearings, and educates and empowers members of Congress and their staff to take action to champion reproductive health and rights.

Key Facts

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Members of the bipartisan Black Maternal Health Caucus.

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Congressional hearings in the 116th Congress about the need to defend and advance abortion access.

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Women denied a wanted abortion are four times more likely to end up below the federal poverty line than women who succeeded in getting one.

Work Highlights

Explore highlights of the Center’s U.S. Congressional advocacy.

Legislation to protect the right to access abortion care throughout the United States.

Ending the Hyde Amendment and other economic barriers to abortion access.

Legislation to promote safe and respectful maternal health care and reduce racial disparities in care.

Action Center and Resources

Serving Those Who Serve? Barriers to Reproductive Health Care for Military Servicemembers and Veterans card link

Serving Those Who Serve? Barriers to Reproductive Health Care for Military Servicemembers and Veterans

Three issue briefs focusing on the unique barriers United States servicemembers and veterans face in accessing reproductive health care–including abortion care, contraception, and in vitro fertilization (IVF) services. Read more.

Analysis of Amy Coney Barrett’s Extreme Record on Reproductive Rights card link

Analysis of Amy Coney Barrett’s Extreme Record on Reproductive Rights

The Center analyzed the judicial rulings, writings and public advocacy of Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and concludes that Judge Barrett “stands all too ready, if not eager, to undermine women’s basic liberty rights”—including the right to abortion. Read more.

"What if Roe fell?" Interactive Map card link

“What if Roe fell?” Interactive Map

Analysis of state abortion laws showing the impact if Roe v. Wade were to be weakened or overturned. Learn more.

Act now to protect abortion access!

Tell Congress we need the Women’s Health Protection Act.