Reproductive Freedom

Reproductive Freedom

The ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project protects everyone's right to make informed decisions free from government interference about whether and when to become a parent. Learn more about our work in reproductive health and take action to protect rights guaranteed to all Americans.

The ACLU works to secure a world that respects everyone’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have children. With reproductive freedom comes opportunity: opportunity to build strong families and to enjoy a productive and meaningful life. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, we strive to ensure that our government respects and supports reproductive freedom for all.

Our work focuses on a wide range of issues, including increasing access to affordable contraception, securing age-appropriate sex education in our schools, fighting pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, and protecting a woman’s ability to make personal, private decision about pregnancy and abortion.

Increasingly, extremist politicians are trying to take away access to essential reproductive health services. At every turn, and with your help, the ACLU stands ready to block these efforts and secure reproductive freedom for all.


Stealth Attack: What You Need to Know About the New Abortion Laws

The ACLU has enlisted the help of comic artist Jen Sorensen to help illustrate (literally) the coordinated, national efforts that anti-abortion groups are waging across the country to outlaw women's health clinics and block access to abortion care. Jen uses sharp wit and humor to reveal the tactics our opponents are using to undermine our private and personal decisions.
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They Think We’re Stupid (Campaign)

There are extremist politicians across the country who think we are stupid. They are proposing (and in some cases passing) dangerous measures designed to rob women of the services they need to make personal decisions about pregnancy free from political interference. The ACLU is at the frontlines -- at statehouses and in the courtrooms across the country to stop these extreme attacks on women’s health. Stand with us and tell those who seek to undermine our private and personal decisions that you are NOT stupid.
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Using Religion to Discriminate (Campaign)

With increasing frequency, we are seeing individuals and institutions claiming a right to discriminate – by refusing to provide services to women and LGBT people – based on religious objections. This trend includes hospitals, insurance companies, pharmacies, and other health care entities discriminating against women by denying basic care – like birth control, emergency contraception, and abortion – in the name of religion. The ACLU works to defend religious liberty and to ensure that no one is either discriminated against or denied services because of someone else’s religious beliefs.
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States Where They Think We’re Stupid

During the 2012 state legislative sessions more than 300 abortion restrictions were introduced by lawmakers across the country– including some of the most extreme we’ve seen in years. This map shows the states that saw major threats to, and new laws, restricting abortion access.
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In the Courts: ACLU Reproductive Freedom Cases

The Reproductive Freedom Project works to ensure that our government respects and supports reproductive freedom for all. Learn more about our litigation efforts here.
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In the States: Legislative Attacks on Abortion

Read the most recent blog posts on extreme laws that would rob women of the services they need to make personal decisions about pregnancy free from political interference.
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Take Action: Help Us Fight Back the Attacks on Reproductive Freedom

States across the country are competing with each other to pass the most extreme abortion bans and the cruelest attacks on women's health care. Tell them enough is enough.
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ACLU Factsheet on Peace Corps Abortion Coverage (2013)

The Peace Corps Equity Act would ensure that Peace Corps volunteers have abortion coverage in cases of life endangerment, rape, and incest—the same coverage that other women receive who get their health insurance through the federal government.
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