Reproductive Freedom & Women's Rights
"The emphasis must not be on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control."
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice
The ACLU is committed to working towards a world where women can be free of discrimination and violence, and where gender equality is a reality. Protecting a woman’s right to make the personal, private decision whether to have a baby or whether to have an abortion is an important element of our work in the area of reproductive freedom and women’s rights.
Since 2011, states have enacted more restrictions to abortion than they did in the previous ten years combined–making it difficult, if not impossible–for a woman to get an abortion if she needs one. Poor women are especially vulnerable to these efforts to circumvent the law of the land, as decided by the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973.
The ACLU works to ensure that Georgians have equal access to reproductive and sexual health care—including abortion, affordable birth control, and prenatal care. We ensure that schools teach accurate and unbiased sex education. We also work to make sure that every woman’s child-bearing decisions are respected.
The ACLU Women’s Rights Project and Human Rights Project work to promote and protect the rights of women and girls, with a special focus on low-wage immigrant women workers. We also address gender-based violence and trafficking by incorporating human rights standards into litigation and state and federal legislative advocacy, and by engaging with the United States before the United Nations and regional human rights bodies.