Being pro-choice does not mean being pro-abortion.
To be pro-choice means to support every woman’s fundamental right to make her own choice about pregnancy and child-bearing, including abortion. It also means believing that we need to do more to give women a broader range of reproductive choices, including better access to contraceptives and responsible sexuality education.
On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court voted 7-2 to strike down a Texas law prohibiting abortion, citing that it violated a woman’s right to privacy. This landmark decision is known as Roe v. Wade.
NARAL Pro-Choice America (formerly the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) was first founded in New York in 1969 with the goal of ensuring access to safe and legal abortion, effective contraceptive options, and quality reproductive health care. In the decades since then, NARAL has expanded its mission to include affiliate organizations in several states, including NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut.
Federally, Congress has banned access to abortion for virtually every woman who depends on the federal government for her health care, including Medicaid recipients, women in the military and military dependents stationed overseas, women in federal prisons, Native American women, federal employees, and even Peace Corps volunteers. Anti-choice lawmakers have used the appropriations process to restrict access to reproductive health care, here and abroad, at virtually every turn.