Access to Contraception

The ability to decide when and whether to have a child is paramount to full and equal participation in our economic, political and social systems. The reproductive rights program has done extensive work to increase access to birth control, including emergency contraception.

In 1965 the United States Supreme Court held that the right to control one’s reproductive system is central to fundamental liberties. However, access to contraception has become a favorite target of ultra conservative legislators, institutions and employers.

To learn more about recent rulings affecting New Yorkers’ access to contraception, including the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, click here.

We have also worked to increase access to emergency contraception (EC). The NYCLU has fought for laws requiring hospital emergency rooms to offer access to and counseling on EC, advocated on behalf of women who were denied access to EC, and pursued disciplinary actions against pharmacists who refused to fill prescriptions for EC.

For more information on your rights to contraception and EC, contact the NYCLU.