U.S. Federal Administrative Advocacy

The Center for Reproductive Rights holds federal agencies accountable in upholding and advancing reproductive rights and health.

Summary

Agency officials across the federal government implement and enforce laws, make funding decisions, collect and analyze data, and create rules affecting everyday lives across the country.

The Center for Reproductive Rights works to ensure that federal agencies protect, respect, and fulfill the human right to health care by holding agencies accountable and promoting policy changes that advance access to reproductive health care—and now that the Supreme Court has eliminated federal protections for abortion rights, holding agencies accountable is more important than ever.

The Center advocates for and against proposed rules and regulations, educates key stakeholders on the impact of federal policies and actions, makes policy recommendations, uncovers key documents and records, works to hold the Executive Branch accountable, and challenges unlawful actions and regulations in the courts.

The Center continues to work with the Biden-Harris administration to promote progressive policies that advance reproductive health care in the U.S. and around the world.

Key Facts

21,500,000

Women of reproductive age living in U.S. states where abortion is illegal.

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Vice President Harris became the first sitting VP to visit an abortion clinic when she toured a Minnesota facility in March 2024.

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President Biden has signed six executive orders promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Work Highlights

Explore highlights of the Center’s federal administrative advocacy.

Recent submissions supporting or opposing proposed rules and regulations.

Office for Civil Rights regulation clarifies federal privacy protections afforded to reproductive health information under HIPAA.

New federal regulation entitles employees to unpaid time off for pregnancy-related medical conditions, including abortion.

More Highlights

Reproductive Rights Front and Center at 2024 State of the Union Address card link

Reproductive Rights Front and Center at 2024 State of the Union Address

President Biden focused on access to abortion and the full spectrum of reproductive rights in the 2024 State of the Union.

FDA Expands Access to Medication Abortion card link

FDA Expands Access to Medication Abortion

FDA ends in-person requirement and allows retail and online pharmacies to directly dispense abortion medication to patients.

White House Issues Nationwide Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality card link

White House Issues Nationwide Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality

Groundbreaking government-wide strategy will help guide foreign and domestic policy.

Center Client Joins VP to Mark One Year Without Roe card link

Center Client Joins VP to Mark One Year Without Roe

On June 24, 2023, Vice President Harris held a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina to mark one year since the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade and eliminated the constitutional right to abortion. Dr. Amy Bryant, a former Center client and North Carolina abortion provider, spoke at the event.

Center Leaders and Clients Meet with First Lady and Gender Policy Head About Dobbs’ Impact on Women’s Health card link

Center Leaders and Clients Meet with First Lady and Gender Policy Head About Dobbs’ Impact on Women’s Health

On June 20, 2023, Center leaders and women denied abortion care joined First Lady Jill Biden for a conversation at the White House with Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Gender Policy Council, Jennifer Klein, about the impact of the Dobbs decision on women’s health and lives.

Center CEO Among the Experts Meeting with VP on Protecting Medication Abortion card link

Center CEO Among the Experts Meeting with VP on Protecting Medication Abortion

On February 24, 2023, the Center’s President and CEO Nancy Northup joined with leading medical experts and other reproductive rights leaders at a meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss protecting reproductive health care, particularly medication abortion.

HHS Secretary Tours Clinic in Trip Organized by the Center card link

HHS Secretary Tours Clinic in Trip Organized by the Center

On January 30, 2023, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra visited the Whole Women’s Health (WWH) clinic in Alexandria, Virginia, for a tour and roundtable discussion organized by the Center’s Federal Policy and Advocacy team.

Comments Submitted to U.S. Federal Agencies, October 2022 through June 2023

Comments submitted by the Center’s U.S. Federal Policy and Advocacy team on proposed rules and regulations impacting reproductive health and rights.