Reproductive Freedom

By seeking to defund Planned Parenthood, imposing sharp limits on foreign aid to groups that provide abortion counseling, and revising key parts of the Affordable Care Act, the Trump Administration has besieged reproductive rights.

Updates | The Week of April 10, 2017

4/16/17  //  Daily Update

This week, President Trump signed into law a bill that allows states to deny funding to Title X clinics. Leah Litman offered analysis of possible legal challenges to the bill on Take Care.

Updates | The Week of April 3, 2017

4/9/17  //  Daily Update

This week on Take Care, Leah Litman offered analysis of H.J. Res. 43, the bill that would allow states to deny federal grants to women's health care programs. Other commentators looked to the future of reproductive freedom under the Trump administration.

Legal Challenges To H.J. Res 43

4/6/17  //  Quick Reactions

The Republicans’ bill to arbitrarily deny grants to family planning programs could be challenged in several ways.

Leah Litman

U.C. Irvine School of Law

H.J. Res. 43 As A Health Care Bill

4/5/17  //  Commentary

The Democrats have accepted the Republicans’ framing of a bill that would be used to defund Planned Parenthood. That’s a mistake.

Leah Litman

U.C. Irvine School of Law

Mike Pence on Women, Sex, And Reproductive Health Services

4/4/17  //  Commentary

The Vice President’s policy against dining with women reveals some problems with his recent vote to allow states to deny funding to organizations that are devoted to reproductive justice and reproductive health.

Leah Litman

U.C. Irvine School of Law

Updates | The Week of March 27, 2017

4/2/17  //  Daily Update

Vice President Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate on Thursday removing a procedural obstacle to repealing Obama-era Title X family planning funding. A proposed executive order aimed at religious liberty has profound constitutional infirmities.

Deep Problems with the Proposed Executive Order on Religious Freedom

3/28/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

There are major constitutional problems with the leaked draft of a "religious freedom" executive order, which singles out for protection only traditional and conservative religious views on sex, marriage, sexual relations, gender identity, and pregnancy.

Ira C. Lupu

George Washington University Law School

Robert W. Tuttle

George Washington University Law School

Updates | The Week of March 20, 2017

3/26/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump's "alternative facts" spread to the abortion debate.

The Story Thus Far: Reproductive Rights

3/16/17  //  Daily Update

The Trump Administration has already taken extraordinary steps to undermine reproductive rights. Here are some useful analyses of the story thus far.