In many states across the country, people seeking abortion care are subject to a dizzying array of medically unnecessary requirements.
These laws create barriers to abortion access, assault people’s dignity, and entrench discriminatory norms about gender. Harmful to everyone, abortion restrictions impose the greatest hardship on low-income people, people of color, young people, and immigrants, all of whom face structural barriers to accessing healthcare and exercising their constitutional rights.
Our work uses the law to improve abortion access and uphold the rights and dignity of people seeking and providing abortion care. We currently have two program areas: Constitutional Litigation and Access & Innovation.
Our Constitutional Litigation Program focuses on developing and prosecuting constitutional challenges to restrictive abortion laws. Key features of our litigation include:
- Highlighting the vast array of obstacles that pregnant people must overcome to access abortion;
- Employing an intersectional framework that underscores how abortion restrictions compound other forms of social injustice, resulting in heightened burdens on low-income people, people of color, and others who are marginalized;
- Building a robust evidentiary record that demonstrates the full impact of restrictive abortion laws on all people who are subject to them; and
- Reinforcing the constitutional foundations for abortion rights, including personal liberty, gender equality, and religious freedom.
Access & Innovation Program
Our Access & Innovation Program supports abortion access and innovation in service delivery by providing legal services to abortion providers, advocates, and researchers. The goal of this program is to ensure that the provision of abortion care remains sustainable in the face of changing legal, economic, and cultural landscapes. We also work to guarantee that people seeking abortion are able to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and positive developments in the law. The Program’s work includes providing legal advice, technical assistance, and representation in administrative proceedings.
Representative matters include:
Advising researchers at Gynuity Health Projects about legal issues concerning their TelAbortion study, which evaluates the feasibility and acceptability of a model to provide medication abortion by telemedicine.
Assisting Whole Woman’s Health Alliance with the development of compliant policies and forms in connection with the opening of its South Bend Clinic.
Advising California researchers about legal issues concerning a study to evaluate the feasibility, efficacy, and acceptability of using misoprostol for menstrual regulation.
Assisting a Michigan abortion clinic submit comments to Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs concerning proposed rules that would affect its licensure status.