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. 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.

During the Trump administration, the Center fought to stop regressive policies and called on the federal government to expand access to health care, not attack it—including by making 16 submissions to federal agencies in 2020 alone to oppose policies that jeopardized access to health care for millions. The Center is working with the new Biden administration to promote progressive policies that advance reproductive health care in the U.S. and around the world.

Key Facts

$1.2 trillion

Federal spending by the Department of Health and Human Services in FY2019.

4,000

Positions filled by political appointees throughout the federal government who steer execution of the President’s agenda.

134,000+

Comments submitted by the Center & partners opposing a Trump administration rule that attacked nondiscrimination protections in health care.

Work Highlights

Explore highlights of the Center’s federal administrative advocacy.

Priorities for the new administration to restore evidence-based policies to improve reproductive health and rights.

Reversing the Trump administration’s damaging policies and recommitting to reproductive rights as human rights around the world.

The Center’s work against denial of care and other discriminatory health care rules by the Trump administration.

Action Center and Resources

First Priorities: Executive and Agency Actions card link

First Priorities: Executive and Agency Actions

The Center partnered to develop this report urging steps the Biden administration can take at the executive and agency levels to demonstrate its commitment to sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice. The report is part of the Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice. Read more.

Restoring Science, Protecting the Public: HHS Sexual and Reproductive Health, Education and Services card link

Restoring Science, Protecting the Public: HHS Sexual and Reproductive Health, Education and Services

The Center joined with health and science organizations to issue this report outlining key actions the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can take to restore principles of scientific integrity and return to a science-based approach to family planning and reproductive health. Read more.

A New Era for Women: The Biden Administration’s Vision on Health Care and Reproductive Rights, <i>Ms. Magazine</i> card link

A New Era for Women: The Biden Administration’s Vision on Health Care and Reproductive Rights, Ms. Magazine

The Center’s senior federal policy counsel outlines steps that the new administration can take to improve reproductive health and rights. Read more.

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