The Center for Reproductive Rights is a non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to promoting and defending women’s reproductive rights worldwide.

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On January 15th, 2003, the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy changed its name to the Center for Reproductive Rights. Learn more about our name change below, or click here to read the press release.

Why the name change to the Center for Reproductive Rights?

As we have grown and evolved as a successful organization in the reproductive rights arena, we recognized the importance of focusing on the goals we are seeking to achieve (rights) - not just on the tools we use to attain them (laws and policies). By changing our name to the "Center for Reproductive Rights," we call attention to the very goal we seek to achieve - women's rights to reproductive health and choices - rather than the means we use to secure those rights. The new name shifts the focus to our aspirations - and the aspirations of billions of women and men around the world, who seek to determine the course of their own lives and lives of their families.

Reproductive rights, the foundation for women's self-determination over their bodies and sexual lives, are critical to women's equality and to ensuring global progress towards just and democratic societies. They are fundamental human rights that cannot be denied in the name of religion, culture or politics. Our new name focuses on those rights - and the aspirations associated with them.

The name change does not alter the way in which the Center functions nor does it change the mission that has driven us for the past 10 years. We will continue to pursue legal remedies in the courts, the legislatures, and other bodies to promote and defend the reproductive rights of women worldwide.

Why the tagline "The Power of Law for Every Woman"?

As our new tagline makes clear, the Center for Reproductive Rights will continue to pursue bold and innovative legal strategies to secure reproductive freedom for all women. Committed to using "the power of law for every woman," we will continue taking the lead in cutting-edge domestic litigation throughout the U.S., and we will continue holding governments - including the U.S. government - accountable for violating the reproductive rights of women. And, we will remain steadfast in our resolve to defend the rights we now proudly celebrate in our name.

What are reproductive rights?

Reproductive rights, the foundation for women's self-determination over their bodies and sexual lives, are critical to women's equality and to ensuring global progress toward just and democratic societies. These rights include:

  • The right to a full range of safe and affordable contraception
  • The right to safe, accessible and legal abortion
  • The right to safe and healthy pregnancies
  • The right to comprehensive reproductive health care services provided free of discrimination, coercion and violence
  • The right to equal access to reproductive health care for women facing social and economic barriers
  • The right to be free from practices that harm women and girls (such as female genital mutilation)
  • The right to a private and confidential doctor-patient relationship

Who is the Center for Reproductive Rights?

The Center for Reproductive Rights is a nonprofit, legal advocacy organization that promotes and defends the reproductive rights of women worldwide. Founded in 1992 (as the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy), the Center has defined the course of reproductive rights law in the United States with significant victories in courts across the country, including two landmark cases in the U.S. Supreme Court: Stenberg v. Carhart (2000) and Ferguson v. City of Charleston (2001). Using international human rights law to advance the reproductive freedom of women, the Center has strengthened reproductive health laws and policies across the globe by working with more than 50 organizations in 44 nations including countries in Africa, Asia, East Central Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Our Mission

The Center for Reproductive Rights is a non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to promoting and defending women’s reproductive rights worldwide. Reproductive rights, the foundation for women’s self-determination over their bodies and sexual lives, are critical to women’s equality. We believe laws and policies that protect and advance these rights are essential. They must allow women the freedom to decide whether and when to have children. They must respect women’s ability to exercise their reproductive choices without coercion. They must also secure women’s access to basic health services, including contraception, abortion, education, and safe pregnancy care. Ultimately, reproductive rights are imperative to ensuring justice for all members of society -- women, children, and their families.

We Work:

  • Promoting reproductive rights for every individual
  • Securing universal, safe and affordable contraception
  • Guaranteeing safe, accessible, and legal abortion
  • Defending the rights of pregnant women, including the right to safe and healthy pregnancies
  • Ensuring reproductive health care services are provided free of discrimination, coercion, and violence
  • Advancing the reproductive rights of adolescents
  • Achieving equal access to reproductive health care for women facing social and economic barriers
  • Protecting health care providers from violence and coercion
  • Eliminating practices that harm women and girls (such as female genital mutilation)
  • Defending the right to privacy and confidential doctor/patient relationships


Our Funding
The Center for Reproductive Rights does not accept government funding. Our programs are fully funded by a community of supporters who believe deeply in our mission. We invite you to join this community, joining us in protecting women's reproductive freedom. Please consider making a
donation today.

We are proud of the way we manage our funds. Read our annual report online.

The Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations to the Center for Reproductive Rights are tax deductible charitable contributions.


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