Reproductive Rights

A woman’s decision whether or not to bear a child is one of the most intimate decisions she will ever make.

The ACLU-DE works to protect everyone’s right to make informed decisions about contraception, marriage and child-rearing – free from government interference about whether and when to become a parent.

Few decisions are more personal and intimate, more properly private, or more basic to individual dignity and autonomy, than a woman’s decision whether to end her pregnancy. A woman’s right to make that choice freely is fundamental.”

– U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Thornburgh v. American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists(1986)

What Are Reproductive Rights?

The decision to continue, or to end, a pregnancy has been protected since the 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade. But questions of reproductive freedom go beyond the right to an abortion.

Reproductive rights also include:

  • Access to birth control
  • Proper insurance coverage
  • Un-biased sex education
  • Well-being of mothers
  • Keeping particular religious views from being imposed on the general public

Pregnant women enjoy the same civil liberties — including the right to make decisions about their own health care, to equal treatment under the law, and to conduct their lives according to what they believe is best for themselves and their families — guaranteed to us all.

The ACLU works to protect the rights of pregnant women who wish to carry their pregnancies to term and to ensure that they can get the health care they need to have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.