The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) is an abortion advocacy group which frequently sues to stop and/or overturn pro-life laws in the United States and internationally. Founded in 1992, CRR’s revenues totaled nearly $32,000,000 in 2016. 
Center for Reproductive Rights is most known for its pro bono legal action in favor of abortion. 
Its 2018 annual report claims significant credit for legal action which created cultural and legal change in Ireland to legalize abortion. CRR challenged pro-life laws in Texas and elsewhere in the U.S. and sued against laws which put women found guilty of illegal abortions in jail in El Salvador. 
In 2018, CRR also sued to stop the Trump administration overturning the Obama administration’s mandate that private companies provide insurance coverage for abortifacients, contraception, and sterilization and sued a hospital in Kenya at which staff was caught on camera abusing a woman going through labor. CRR’s lawsuit won the woman financial compensation, an apology from the hospital, and a major push for changes to maternal care in Kenya. 
In 2016, CRR donated $2,828,360 to international “reproductive rights”-related legal action, advocacy, and promotion. 
Sampling of U.S. cases in April 2019
CRR is among the most influential pro-abortion organizations when it comes to opposing pro-life laws in the United States. It won several victories and was prominently cited in the press in the last seven days of April 2019 for its legal actions.
CRR asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to overturn a 2014 law which made off-label use of RU-486 illegal. That law used Food and Drug Administration guidance about RU-486 instead of 2016 guidance, which abortion advocates said forced abortionists to use unnecessarily higher dosages of medication drugs. CRR won the case. 
CRR also won a 4-3 decision by the Montana Supreme Court which allowed a nurse practitioner to provide abortions while a lawsuit surrounding the state’s professional restrictions against registered nurses providing abortions is ongoing. 
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in favor of CRR’s position that the state Constitution protects the right to abortion.  CRR also won a lower court’s ruling that the Trump administration rule which eliminated money for abortion providers who receive Title X fund. 
The Alabama House passed a near-total ban on abortion – the only exception being life of the mother – that CRR also opposed. Before the bill reached the state Senate, a spokesperson for CRR said the bill unconstitutionally restricted abortions. 
CRR also filed a lawsuit on behalf of Mississippi’s only abortion center after state officials made most abortions illegal after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected in the womb. 
Earlier in 2019, CRR asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare a pro-life Louisiana law unconstitutional because it required abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.  CRR said the Court should find the law unconstitutional because a similar Texas law was declared burdensome by the Court in 2016. However, the Washington Examiner noted in mid-April 2019 at the time of CRR’s request that the 5-3 decision in 2016 took place prior to two right-leaning justices taking seats which were previously held by justices who generally ruled in favor of legalized abortion. 
Zika Virus Campaign
In 2016, after the Zika virus outbreak began in South America, CRR began an international campaign to push for abortion in nations most affected by the virus. CRR used concerns about the virus causing microcephaly in unborn children when mothers contracted Zika. 
The push by CRR and its allies in the U.S. government, the United Nations, and elsewhere was designed to overturn pro-life laws writ large. CRR pushed a report about illegal abortions which were done in several countries at increased rates, though the study itself had significant limitations which one researcher said made it virtually useless in terms of data. 
CRR continues to push for fully retracting all pro-life laws in the nations most affected by Zika. Its 2018 report “Unheard Voices” looks at how individuals and organizations responded to the outbreak in Brazil, Colombia, and El Salvador.  The report takes an explicit position that greater access to abortion would have reduced the impact of the virus, such as when it describes anti-virus funding in the U.S. as being held up by “political concerns” about abortion. Those “political concerns” were disagreements in Congress about whether Planned Parenthood – America’s largest network of abortion providers – should receive Zika-related funding, since abortion cannot prevent the Zika virus. 
Congress eventually approved $1.1 billion in funding, $800 million short of the Obama administration’s initial funding request. In its report, CRR took issue with the smaller level of funding.
CRR has had two presidents in its existence. Founder Janet Benshoof was President from 1992 until 2002.  Nancy Northrup, formerly of the left-of-center legal policy outfit Brennan Center for Justice, has been president since 2003. Northrup earned over $490,000 in 2017. 
Chief operating officer Richard Ryan earned over $235,000 in 2017, while Chief development officer Anne Matsui earned almost $280,000. Chief communications officer Christopher Iseli earned over $218,000, chief program officer Karen Hanrahan earned over $195,000, global legal program vice president Lilian Sepulveda earned nearly $173,000, and interim VP of U.S. legal programs Julie Rikelman earned over $190,000.
The Center for Reproductive Rights grossed $31,713,408 in 2016.  Much of that funding came from corporate and non-profit donors. The Laura and John Arnold Foundation donated $500,000 or more while George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and the left-leaning grantmaker Libra Foundation donated between $100,000 and $500,000. 
According to CRR’s annual report, 48 percent of its funding came from individuals and 43 percent came from foundations. Nearly three-quarters of its funding went to its official programs, including $17.26 million in legal work for expanded abortion access and more liberal abortion laws. According to the report, “640 attorneys in 42 countries [worked] on more than 250 matters.” This work was provided pro bono to clients. 
Almost one-third of its total programming from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 was done outside of the United States. Over 40 percent was done domestically.