The ACLU works to ensure that every woman can make the best decision for themselves and their family about whether and when to have a child without undue political interference.
A decision about having a baby or having an abortion is a deeply personal, private decision best left to an individual, their family, and their doctor. Yet some South Dakota politicians remain obsessed with interfering.
Abortion is one of the most common medical procedures performed today, and it's incredibly safe. But laws that make it difficult if not impossible for a woman to get an abortion if they need one, particularly if they're poor, are increasing at an alarming pace. South Dakota, a state with incredible barriers to access abortion services, continues to be an incubator of bad ideas. Lawmakers should stop playing doctor and should stop their constant attempts to shut down women's health centers, reduce access to affordable birth control, and shame women who have abortions.
Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, we strive to ensure that every woman has the opportunity to make the decisions that are right for them and their family and the ability to get the care they need. With your help, the ACLU stands ready to fight back against state level attacks that seek to take these personal decisions away from women and their families and give our government control over the most intimate aspects of our lives.
Our work focuses on a range of issues, including protecting access to affordable contraception, protecting a woman's ability to make personal, private decisions about pregnancy and abortion, and fighting pregnancy discrimination.