Abortion Laws

Abortion is one of the most highly regulated procedures in the United States. While Roe v. Wade ensured the right to obtain an abortion at the federal level, state legislatures have passed a broad patchwork of laws that address various elements of the procedure, access to the procedure, insurance coverage, advertising and funding.

The Abortion Law Project created a comprehensive suite of datasets covering 15 different types of abortion regulations: Abortion Advertising Restrictions, Abortion Bans, Abortion Provider Qualifications, Abortion Reporting Requirements, Abortion Requirements for Minors, Abortion Waiting Period Requirements, Medication Abortion Requirements, Protecting Access to Abortion Clinics, Refusal to Perform Abortions, Restrictions on Insurance Coverage of Abortion, Restrictions on Public Funding of Abortion, Statutory and Constitutional Right to Abortion, Abortion Facility Licensing, Ambulatory Surgical Center Requirements, and Hospitalization Requirements. This individual dataset provides a general overview of these 15 regulatory areas within each state, and includes laws in effect as of December 1, 2018.

This dataset was created by the Policy Surveillance Program of the Center for Public Health Law Research in collaboration with subject matter experts from the Guttmacher Institute, Resources for Abortion Delivery (RAD), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), National Abortion Federation (NAF), and Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), who conceptualized and developed the Abortion Law Project. If you need broader contextual information on state laws and policies, national level information, or data and evidence related to abortion and other reproductive health issues, please contact the Guttmacher Institute at info@guttmacher.org.

Disclaimer: The information contained herein does not constitute legal advice. If you have questions regarding your legal rights or obligations, contact an attorney. If you are an abortion provider seeking legal compliance guidance, the following collaborating organizations may be able to assist you: ACLU, CRR, PPFA (for affiliated health centers), NAF, and Regulatory Assistance for Abortion Providers (a project of RAD).


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