Under the Trump administration, reporting on international reproductive rights was curtailed as part of a broader movement to delegitimize reproductive rights as human rights. In response, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) introduced the Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act of 2021. The bill requires the State Department to include information on the status of reproductive rights in 150 monitored countries in its annual reporting to Congress and the White House.

Although the Biden administration instructed the State Department to resume including the reproductive rights section in the annual report, Sen. Menendez and Rep. Clark reintroduced their bill in May 2021. Creating a statutory requirement will prevent a future administration from curtailing reporting again.

Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act of 2021

In the Senate (S.1864)

Introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on May 26, 2021

See Senate Cosponsors

In the House of Representatives (H.R.3576)

Introduced by Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA-5) on May 28, 2021

See House Cosponsors