Anti-women's health politicians are attacking access to reproductive health care and sex education at the state level through dangerous bills, regulations, and executive actions. These attacks include attempting to "defund" Planned Parenthood health centers, limit health care coverage for birth control, and promote abstinence-based school programs. Foes of safe, legal abortion also have stepped up their use of state legislation to thwart personal, private medical decisions about pregnancy that are best left between the woman and her doctor.

Americans have resisted efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade for decades, but recent years have set records for laws that meddle with individuals' sexual and reproductive health decisions. The 334 new abortion restrictions enacted between January 2011 and July 2016, according to data gathered by the Guttmacher Institute, amount to a full 30% of all abortion restrictions enacted by states since Roe in 1973.

The types of tactics employed to interfere with access to safe, legal abortion at the state level include:

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund and local Planned Parenthood political organizations are fighting back against these attacks in statehouses and courtrooms, and working with legislative champions to introduce bills to expand access to reproductive health care — all while approximately 650 Planned Parenthood health centers care for patients across the country.  

Regardless of where you live, you can help to ensure that a woman’s access to health care doesn’t depend on her zip code. See the top ways to take action and get involved today. 

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Read our blogs about state laws affecting abortion, birth control, Planned Parenthood, and other reproductive rights issues. 


(gy·no·ti·cian) n. :

A politician who feels more qualified than you or your doctor to make your personal health care decisions.

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Top 3 Ways to Take Action

The most serious threat to Planned Parenthood patients is moving through Congress, and it could cut 2.5 million patients off from care — with devastating consequences. These are the top three ways you can protect reproductive rights across the country, including care at Planned Parenthood health centers.

Oppose the ACA repeal and Planned Parenthood “defund” bill

Extreme politicians are trying to shut down Planned Parenthood health centers and cut patients off from care. It's the fight of our lives to protect access to care — and we need you with us.

Call Congress to Stand with Planned Parenthood

Call your representative and tell them that you’re a part of the overwhelming majority that opposes defunding care at Planned Parenthood health centers.

Tell Your Senators: Vote No on Gorsuch

Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, has a history of interfering with reproductive rights and health. We cannot risk giving him the ability to undermine Roe v. Wade and the right to safe and legal abortion.