The State of the States: Bans on Abortion Care in 2013


Bans on Abortion Care in 2013

How States Banned Abortion in 2013

Anti-abortion politicians and advocates have mounted a campaign to pass unconstitutional bans on abortion prior to viability based on gestational age. In 2013, extremist legislators introduced bans on abortion as early as six weeks in pregnancy. In fact, two states banned abortion in the first trimester: Arkansas banned abortion at 12 weeks from a woman’s last menstrual period (LMP), and North Dakota banned abortion around six weeks LMP, upon detection of the first sign of cardiac activity. Each of these laws is blatantly unconstitutional and has been challenged by the Center for Reproductive Rights and our allies in federal court. Both bans have been preliminarily enjoined by a federal court.

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The Impact of Abortion Bans

For the last four decades, the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently recognized a woman's right under the U.S. Constitution to make her own reproductive health care decisions. State attempts to take away that right by banning abortion prior to viability are a clear violation of a woman’s constitutional rights.

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Draw The Line

In 2012, the Center launched the Draw the Line campaign with the express purpose of putting the rampant attacks on women’s reproductive health care—like those described above—on the entire nation’s radar. Nearly 300,000 people have signed the Bill of Reproductive Rights at, sending politicians a loud and clear message that reproductive rights are fundamental human rights, and must be protected from extremist politicians. Visit to add your voice.

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