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

Abortion: The Hate Stops Here

Jennifer Chou (ACLU Northern California, Staff Attorney, Advocacy), Ruth Dawson (ACLU Southern California, Staff Attorney, Advocacy), & Amanda Le (ACLU San Diego & Imperial Counties, Policy Associate,... Read More


Eliminating Copays in California Jails (AB 45)

Fair and just access to health care is a human right. But right now, most California counties charge people in jail a $3 copay when they seek medical or dental care; they are also allowed to charge for medical equipment... Read More

Racial Justice

College Student Right to Access Act (SB 24)

At a time when abortion rights are under attack, California can and must be a leader on abortion access. Right now, most university health centers provide quality health care at low or no cost to students. But campus... Read More

Reproductive Justice

California May Make Abortion Pill Available at All Public University Student Health Centers

By: Phyllida Burlingame & Jennifer Dalven [caption id="attachment_15267" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Alex Hansen/WikiCommons[/caption] California, the nation’s most populous state and a national... Read More

Featured Stories

ACLU Statement on Donald Trump’s Election

By Anthony D. Romero, ACLU Executive Director This morning, Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States, and the ACLU has a message for him. President-elect Trump, as you assume the... Read More