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Reproductive Justice

NCLR works to ensure that every person has the ability to choose whether or not to have children, and that everyone who participates in assisted reproduction, including egg donors and people acting as surrogates, has the full ability to make decisions about their own bodies. Through legislation and impact litigation, we seek to ensure that intended parents using assisted reproduction and surrogacy are recognized as families, and that the rights of people acting as surrogates and egg donors are fully protected. We also strongly support the provision of all reproductive health services to people of all genders, including access to abortion, contraception, assisted reproduction and fertility services covered by insurance, and fertility preservation for transgender people.

NCLR’s Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon discusses this term’s critical Supreme Court cases affecting LGBTQ+ people and access to reproductive health care.

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June Medical Services v. Russo

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On December 2, 2019, NCLR filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court. The case involves a challenge to a law in Louisiana that would force all but one abortion clinic in that state to close, a law that is virtually identical to one in Texas that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional just three years ago in the landmark case <em>Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt</em>.

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Voluntary Declarations of Parentage

A voluntary acknowledgment of parentage or voluntary declaration of parentage (also called a VAP, or VDOP in some states) is a document that establishes a legal relationship between a parent and a child. VAPs must be signed by the person who gave birth and the person establishing their parental rights.  View PDF

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