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Post-Dobbs State Abortion Restrictions and Protections


About this dataset:

On June 24, 2022, the US Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned nearly 50 years of precedent protecting the right to an abortion prior to viability. Previously under Roe v. Wade, the existing legal landscape of abortion was a complex patchwork of state laws and court decisions regulating access to the procedure. The Dobbs decision further compromised abortion access by allowing states to ban all or most abortions. 

While some states moved quickly to ban abortion, others have strengthened protections for abortion as a response to Dobbs. New “shield laws” attempt to limit the liability of abortion providers and patients who travel to another state to receive care that is increasingly becoming criminalized.   

This dataset provides a high-level overview of state abortion restrictions and protections enacted post-Dobbs, tracking key legal developments from June 1, 2022, through June 1, 2023. The dataset was conceptualized by Temple University’s Center for Public Health Law Research and the Society of Family Planning to serve as a resource for researchers seeking to better understand the impact of the Dobbs decision, and is a companion resource to the Society of Family Planning's #WeCount project

PLEASE NOTE: The information contained herein does not constitute legal advice. If you have questions regarding your legal rights or obligations, contact an attorney.  

The law on the ground is complex and changing rapidly—this resource may not be fully up to date and may contain errors. 

Dataset Created by
Center for Public Health Law Research

Dataset Maintained by
Center for Public Health Law Research

Dataset Valid From
June 1, 2022

Dataset Updated Through
June 1, 2023

Total Jurisdictions Covered

Adrienne Ghorashi (

Cite this dataset

Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research (2023, June 1). Post-Dobbs State Abortion Restrictions and Protections.

CPHLR (June 1, 2023). “Post-Dobbs State Abortion Restrictions and Protections”.
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