Reproductive Rights

Abortion Access Is a Church-State Separation Issue

Abortion care is essential health care. Everyone should have the right and the ability to make their own decisions about reproductive health care, including whether to have an abortion.

But religious extremists and their lawmaker allies have been trying to end legal abortions since Roe v. Wade, often citing their personal religious beliefs as justification for abortion bans and policies that restrict abortion access. AU works with the reproductive rights community to ensure that religion is not used to deny access to abortion.

What you need to know

Trump Denial of Care Rule Targeted Abortion Access

In AU lawsuits against the Trump-era Denial of Care Rule, health experts said inviting health care providers to deny care because of their religious beliefs would further reduce access to abortions and other reproductive care.

Politicians Use Religion to Justify Anti-Abortion Policies

Elected officials, including former Vice President Pence and state legislators across the country, have tried to impose their personal religious beliefs on all of us through anti-abortion policies.

People Of Faith Support Abortion Access

More than 60% of people who have had abortions claim a religious affilation, according to a Guttmacher Institute study.

BREAKING:

AU calls out leaked supreme court opinion overturning abortion rights as a religious extremist assault on our democracy

"The end of Roe is just the beginning. Next on the hit list are a broad array of protections for personal liberty."—Rachel Laser, AU's CEO and President

Read our statement here