Reproductive Justice

Safeguarding a woman's right to choose

Equal access to reproductive and sexual health care

A decision about having a baby or having an abortion is a personal, private decision best left to a woman, her family, and her doctor. Yet some politicians remain obsessed with interfering.

Abortion is one of the most common medical procedures performed today, and it is reliably safe. Nearly one in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. But laws that make it difficult—if not impossible—for a woman to get an abortion if she needs one, particularly if she is poor, are increasing at an alarming rate.

Since 2011, states have enacted more restrictions to abortion than they did in the previous ten years combined. Extremist politicians continue to work to shut down women’s health centers, cut off access to affordable birth control, and shame women who have abortions.

The ACLU works to make sure that Californians have equal access to reproductive and sexual health care—including abortion, affordable birth control, and prenatal care. We ensure that schools teach accurate and unbiased sex education. We also work to make sure that every woman’s child-bearing decisions are respected.


Reproductive Justice

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

In the most important case on abortion in twenty years, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 to that the state of Texas cannot impose onerous burdens on the state's abortion clinics.Whole Woman's Health challenged two... Read More

Reproductive Justice

ACLU Responds to Supreme Court Decision in Zubik v. Burwell

WASHINGTON — The United States Supreme Court today issued an opinion in Zubik v. Burwell that vacates the judgments  in the cases before it.  It also issued orders vacating the judgments of the decisions in all the... Read More

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ACLU Reaction to Supreme Court Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Ruling

 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot buffer zone outside abortion clinics in the state. The Supreme Court’s ruling reverses a decision from the U.S. Court of... Read More

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D.C. Circuit Rules on Companies’ Challenge to Contraception Rule

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Court Of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today issued a decision that the ACLU strongly disagrees with in a case challenging a requirement that employers must provide insurance coverage for... Read More

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Court Protects Abortion Access for Most Women in Texas

AUSTIN, TX – After a three day trial, a federal court today permanently struck down one provision of a recently enacted law that would have made abortion services for one-third of women in Texas virtually impossible... Read More