The Center for Public Health Law Research is home to one of the leading research teams focused on understanding the role and effects of laws related to sexual and reproductive health on population health, well-being, and equity. The Center’s resources reflect the varied and ever-changing landscape of regulations and restrictions on abortion, access to contraception, and other issues related to sexual and reproductive health in the United States and worldwide.

We invite collaboration and partnership to apply our data and other research in practice and for the advancement of understanding the impact of reproductive and sexual health laws and policies.

US Abortion Laws

Global Abortion Laws

Contraception Laws

  • Insurance Coverage of Contraception – This policy surveillance dataset on explores contraceptive coverage mandates in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia in effect from January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2021.
  • Vending Machine Sales of OTC Contraception – This policy surveillance dataset on displays key features of vending machine sales of OTC contraception laws across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. in effect as of December 31, 2020.

Other Issues in Sexual and Reproductive Health

  • Reproductive Health Care Conscience Laws – This dataset on identifies the procedural protections established by laws and regulations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia that protect the conscience rights of health care providers in the context of reproductive health care services. The data specifically focus on immunity from civil liability and limitations on provider rights in cases where patients are likely to be harmed, capturing the relevant features of laws in effect from December 18, 2018, to December 31, 2019.
  • Breastfeeding Among Hospital Maternity Patients – This dataset identifies key features of state laws and regulations regarding evidence-based practices for hospitals related to the "10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding" outlined by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in effect as of April 1, 2018.
  • HIV Criminalization Laws – This dataset on details state HIV criminalization laws, including the specific conduct criminalized in each state, the means by which criminalization is achieved (by statute, case law, or both), and additional details about any penalties or defenses specified for each crime, as of October 2013.

Legal Epidemiology of Abortion Policies (LEAP) Study

Working collaboratively with Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health and Penn State College of Medicine, CPHLR will investigate relationships between state-level abortion policies and adverse maternal and child health (MCH) outcomes and which subgroups these policies affect most. This study will be the first of our knowledge to use rigorously coded, longitudinal policy data to answer key questions about the population-level impact of abortion policies, including questions about differences between adopted policies versus those that are in effect and the extent to which policy severity (i.e. length of waiting period, parental notification vs. parental consent, etc.) matters. Learn more at ANSIRH's website.

Meet the Researchers

Rachel Rebouche, JDDean of the Temple University Beasley School of Law and Faculty Fellow at the Center for Public Health Law Research

Patty Skuster, JD – Beck Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law and a Fellow at the Center for Public Health Law Research

Adrienne Ghorashi, Esq. – Lead Law and Policy Analyst at the Center for Public Health Law Research, APHA Abortion Task Force Co-Chair, and 2021 Society of Family Planning Changemaker