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 a secure, productive, and meaningful life. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, we strive to ensure that the government respects and supports reproductive freedom.
The ability to decide whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term is essential to women’s equality, autonomy, and dignity, with implications for every aspect of her life – her educational aspirations, career goals, economic status, and, more broadly, her ability to live the life she planned. Despite the formal existence of the right to a safe and legal abortion, for many women abortion access is regulated so that it’s almost, or entirely, out of reach. And the struggle is getting worse. The ACLU is working to ensure that women in the U.S. have timely access to abortion care.