State of the States 2017
In 2016, the Center for Reproductive Rights won the most important U.S. Supreme Court victory for the right to safe abortion care in more than two decades. The Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt ruling struck down a Texas law designed to shutter most of the state’s abortion clinics under the pretext of protecting women.
Today, we are leveraging that vital precedent to topple thousands of anti-choice restrictions across America.
Meanwhile, anti-abortion politicians have shifted tactics. Now, they are advancing restrictions that systematically ban abortion, method by method, based on junk science. The goal is the same: ending abortion access.
This strategy prompted another avalanche of outrageous and unconstitutional bills, such as measures that would require embryonic and fetal tissue to be buried or cremated, or outlaw a safe and common method of ending a pregnancy in the second trimester.
But we never stop fighting back. We are advancing bold, inclusive policies that expand access to essential reproductive care in states across the country. Download the full report here.
The following states introduced or passed legislation that bans the use of dilation and evacuation (D&,E), one of the safest and most common methods of ending a pregnancy in the second trimester.
The following states have introduced or passed legislation that bans abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy based on scientifically unsupported claims.
Expanded Access to Contraception
The following states advanced proactive legislation that would expand access to contraception.
Expanded Access to Abortion
The following states advanced proactive legislation that would expand access to abortion services.
Improved Protections During Pregnancy
The following states advanced proactive legislation to improve protections for pregnant workers and students, and promote positive maternal health outcomes.
We’re leveraging our 2016 Supreme Court victory in Whole Woman’s Health to block other restrictive state laws.
After the 2016 Whole Woman’s Health decision struck down TRAP laws designed to shutter clinics under the pretext of protecting women, abortion opponents shifted their focus to promoting restrictions that systematically ban abortion, method by method, based on junk science.