Abortion Rights

Abortion rights are under attack. Political extremists and far-right activists are aiming to dismantle abortion rights across the country and deny equitable, safe access to abortion. People nationwide have felt the reverberating effects of political extremism through abortion bans and restrictive abortion laws. To ensure that every woman has the right to critical health care services, it is necessary to restore the fundamental right to abortion and advance new abortion laws that advance access to care.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund aims to develop policy and solutions to ensure that abortion access is protected by state and federal law and to preserve the fundamental rights and well-being of all Americans. U.S. health care should include abortion care. The United States must proactively address the consequences of abortion bans and build up a care infrastructure that is supportive of abortion rights through policy changes at the state and federal levels. This includes: eliminating the Hyde amendment to ensure that abortion is affordable for all people; reversing the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Care Organization decision; codifying the right to abortion into law; ensuring a fair-minded and balanced judiciary; and safeguarding access to medication abortion. The country also needs to simultaneously improve access to comprehensive health care overall, including birth control, maternity care, and all preventive services.

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Activists hold abortion rights signs at a rally in Washington, D.C., April 2023. (Getty/Probal Rashid/LightRocket)

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1 Year Without Roe

This CAP story collection details the experiences of doctors, doulas, and nurse practitioners since the overturn of Roe v. Wade and their fears in the rapidly evolving legal landscape of abortion care.

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Opinion: Leave doctors and patients to make reproductive decisions In the News

Opinion: Leave doctors and patients to make reproductive decisions

Virginia critical care nurse Cate Weiss writes about how abortion bans criminalize medical care and put medical professionals in legal limbo, which in turn jeopardizes patient care.

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Nationwide Abortion Bans Threaten the Will of Kansas Voters Personal Story
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Nationwide Abortion Bans Threaten the Will of Kansas Voters

A Kansas abortion activist fears that a nationwide abortion ban will reverse the will of Kansas voters who overwhelmingly support protecting abortion.

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Expanding Access and Protections in States Where Abortion Is Legal Article

Expanding Access and Protections in States Where Abortion Is Legal

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Center for American Progress

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How State Attorneys General Can Protect Abortion Rights Article

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