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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-only-until-marriage 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 a 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 more than 600 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. 

Reproductive Rights News in Your State

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

Planned Parenthood is under attack like never before. Here’s how you can fight back NOW.

Attend an Event

Planned Parenthood supporters across the nation are hosting events. Attend one near you or host your own.

Fight for Birth Control Access

HHS Secretary Tom Price is putting no-copay birth control coverage at risk. Demand that he and the administration protect full insurance coverage of birth control with no copay.

Be a PP Defender

Defenders are a core group of supporters who have said they'll give their time to defend Planned Parenthood, the health services they provide, and the people who rely on them — in what just may be the fight of our lives.