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

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

Reproductive Justice

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

Reproductive Justice

Governor Signs Reproductive Health Bill to Improve Abortion Access

Sacramento – Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation today that would increase access to safe, early abortion for California women. The bill, AB 154 was authored by San Diego's Assemblymember, Toni Atkins. “With... Read More

State Leaders, Women’s Groups Mark 40th Anniversary of Roe by Introducing Bill to Improve Access to Abortion Services

SACRAMENTO – On the 40th Anniversary of the landmark decision Roe v. Wade, state leaders, women’s health and rights groups, announced the introduction of a bill that would improve abortion access. The bill, AB 154,... Read More

Reproductive Justice

Contraception Rule Case Advances

Yesterday the ACLU filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the first challenge to the federal contraceptive rule to reach an appeals court on the merits. The federal contraceptive rule requires health plans to cover... Read More