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 Freedom

Strengthen Reproductive Care for People in Jails (AB 732)

California law and the U.S. Constitution require jails to provide health care for incarcerated persons, which includes reproductive health care. But across the state, we’re seeing that accessing adequate reproductive... Read More

California Legislation to Watch

California Is Ready to Ensure Every Public College Student Has Access to Abortion

By Phyllida Burlingame, ACLU of Northern California & Jennifer Dalven, Reproductive Freedom Project In a year when we’ve seen states throughout the South and Midwest move to ban abortion and restrict access to... Read More


California Lawmakers Pass Historic Bill Abolishing Copays in Jails and Prisons

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9, 2019 Press Contact: Daisy Vieyra,, 916-824-3266 Ashley Chambers,, 510-417-6071 Sacramento, CA – Today, the California Senate... Read More

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