Background: Abortion has been legal in Washington State since a national referendum in 1970. Another voting measure approved by voters in 1991 declared a woman`s right to choose medical abortion before the fetus viability, and further expanded and protected access to abortion in the state when Roe v. Wade was overthrown. And in 2018, the Legislature passed a measure that would require Washington insurers that provide maternity care to also cover elective abortions and contraception. Earlier this year, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure that gives physician assistants, advanced nurses, and other providers operating in their field of practice specific legal authorization to perform abortions. Proponents say the move is meant to help meet the demand for the potential influx of patients out of state. The same measure also prohibits Washington State lawsuits against people seeking abortions and those who help them. Political control: Illinois is overwhelmingly Democratic with laws that offer better access to abortion than most states.
Democrats have veto-proof super-majorities in the House of Representatives and Senate, and the first Democratic governor to be re-elected this year, J.B. Pritzker, has promoted peaceful street protests to protect the constitutional right to abortion. Where is abortion now illegal in the United States? Find out with this interactive map and tool that analyzes abortion laws, policies, and court decisions in U.S. states and territories. Click on the image above to access the tool. What`s next: Brown said after the Supreme Court`s draft ruling leaked that access to abortion is a fundamental right and that she will fight to ensure that access to abortion continues to be protected by Oregon state laws. State Democratic lawmakers recently formed the Task Force on Reproductive Health and Access to Care with Providers, Clinics, Community Organizations, and Lawmakers that will make recommendations for the 2023 legislature and beyond. Recommendations may include proposals to protect, strengthen and expand equal access to all forms of reproductive care. What`s next: Pregnant women seeking abortions must travel out of state; The next abortion providers would be in Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Colorado. Planned Parenthood is renting space in the city of Ontario, on the Idaho-Oregon border, and is preparing for an influx of patients seeking abortions. Some Republican lawmakers in Idaho may propose new legislation in January to ban abortion pills and emergency contraception.
Background: Massachusetts once had a controversial relationship with abortion, in part because of the strong influence of the Catholic Church, which opposes it. In recent years, this influence has diminished and Massachusetts has become a strong advocate for abortion rights. In 2018, in anticipation of conservative tendencies toward the U.S. Supreme Court, the state removed from its books an 1845 abortion ban that was not enforced. Two years later, Democratic lawmakers teamed up with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker — who says he supports access to abortion — to codify abortion rights into state law, allow abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy in cases where the child would not survive after birth, and the age at which women could request an abortion without the consent of a parent or guardian. from 18 to 16 years old. Lawmakers passed the bill — called the Roe Act — via Baker`s veto. Leaders did not ban abortion in America until the mid-1800s. From colonial times to these early laws, abortion was an integral part of women`s lives. The common law allowed abortion before “acceleration” – an archaic term for fetal movements that typically take place after about four months of pregnancy.
More than half of the country`s 50 states are expected to eventually ban or severely restrict access to abortion after the court gave them a free hand to enact their own laws when it struck down Roe v. Wade of 1973. Background: Prior to the Supreme Court decision, Ohio did not prohibit most abortions before the 22nd week of pregnancy; After that, they are only allowed to save a patient`s life if his health is seriously threatened. But the state imposes a host of other restrictions, including parental consent for minors, a required ultrasound and personal counseling, followed by a 24-hour waiting period. Abortions are prohibited due to a diagnosis of fetal Down syndrome. Ohio also limits public funding of abortions to cases of rape, incest, or endangering the patient`s life. It limits abortion-related insurance coverage and health plan coverage offered in the Affordable Care Act Health Exchange to the same scenarios. Clinics that offer abortions must comply with a variety of regulations.
Laws requiring providers or clinics to inform parents or guardians of adolescents who wish to abort before an abortion (parental notification) or to document the consent of the parent or guardian to the abortion of a young person (parental consent). What`s next: State officials haven`t officially said how to enforce the abortion ban in the 19th century. Abortion is addressed in many West Virginia laws, including the 20-week ban in 2015, which recognizes the right of access to abortion in the state. State Senate Speaker Craig Blair and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, both Republicans, said legislative lawyers review each bill in effect “to determine how they apply” in light of the Supreme Court`s decision. No lawmaker has commented on his intention to ban drug-induced abortions. The governor said he would not hesitate to call the legislature to a special session if the state`s abortion law were to be clarified. On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women`s Health, repealing Roe v. Wade, eliminating the federal standard that protects abortion rights. Across the country, states are responding by introducing bans or protecting access to abortion. It is now up to each state to enact laws to protect or restrict abortion in the absence of a federal standard. Access to safe legal abortions now depends on where you live, and the national gap in access to abortion care has widened.
The following map shows the status of implementation of abortion laws across the country. Blackmun J.A., writing for the majority, described the right to privacy as fundamental, meaning that the most sought-after legal test would apply to restrictions. He concluded that the law is “broad enough to encompass a woman`s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.” At the same time, the Supreme Court rejected arguments that favored “personality” for fetuses. Abortion in Delaware is legal. 55% of adults said in a Pew Research Center survey that abortion should be legal in all or most cases. There was a therapeutic exception in the state`s legal ban on abortion until 1900. Since May 14, 2019, the state has banned abortions after the fetus is viable, usually between weeks 24 and 28. This period uses a standard set by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 with Roe v. Wade. Abortion is legal in California. Nurse midwives and other appropriately trained non-medical personnel may perform the procedure.
Public universities are required by law to provide free mifepristone to students.  What`s next: Noem has called for a special session to create laws as part of the new legal landscape now that Roe v. Wade is overthrown. She did not comment on specific laws, but lawmakers have come up with proposals that would make it harder for women to request abortion outside the state. However, South Dakota voters rejected outright bans in 2006 and 2008, and abortion rights advocates are preparing for a similar referendum on access to abortion. The ban on abortion could eventually be challenged by a vote initiated by citizens. Following the annulment of Roe v. by the Wade Supreme Court on June 24, 2022, abortion is illegal in Alabama.
 What`s next: Many Texas women have already traveled out of state since the abortion law went into effect, but they`re likely to travel much further now that Roe has switched as more states ban abortion. Some Republican lawmakers also want to punish companies that help their Texas-based employees have abortions elsewhere, though it`s unclear how much support that idea will have when the legislature returns in 2023. The Racist History of Abortion and Midwifery Bans: Today`s attacks on access to abortion have a long history rooted in white supremacy.