In 2000, the United States Food and Drug Administration first approved the use of mifepristone, a medication used in early, nonsurgical medication abortions. Since then states have passed laws to regulate access to medication abortion and the use of abortion-inducing drugs, including restrictions on the use of telemedicine for the procedure.
This dataset explores abortion regulations in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia in effect as of December 1, 2018, as well as case law and attorney general opinions that affect the enforceability of these laws.
This dataset is a part of a suite of 16 datasets 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 email@example.com.
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).
**Please note** This dataset is currently undergoing an active update, and will be rereleased by October 2019. Please consult the downloadable data file, found to the right under Data, for the most accurate information in the interim. If you have any questions about the information provided here, please contact LawAtlas@temple.eduRead more...