Overview

Access to abortion care, a constitutionally protected method or procedure to end a pregnancy  is essential for the health and well-being of all women, transgender men and nonbinary individuals. While there is a substantial amount of scientific research supporting both the importance and safety of abortion,  many individuals face a myriad of obstacles to obtain this form of  healthcare.

State Laws

Guttmacher Institute, “An Overview of State Abortion Laws”,  State Laws and Policies, 1 August, 2021, https://www.guttmacher.org/state-policy/explore/overview-abortion-laws

Guttmacher Institute, “State Legislation Tracker”, Major Developments in Sexual and Reproductive Health, 1 August  2021, https://www.guttmacher.org/state-policy#

Guttmacher Institute, “State Legislation Tracker”, Major Developments in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Targeted Regulation, 1  August  2021 https://www.guttmacher.org/state-policy/explore/targeted-regulation-abortion-providers

Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2018 Surveillance Reporting for Abortions in the U.S, 619,591 abortions were reported to the agency from 49 reporting areas. According to the report, 77.7% of individuals had abortions at or before 9 weeks gestation, and 92.2 % had abortions at or before 13 weeks gestation. 

Kortsmit K, Jatlaoui TC, Mandel MG, et al. Abortion Surveillance — United States, 2018. MMWR Surveill Summ 2020;69(No. SS-7):1–29. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.ss6907a1

Types of Abortions

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Medication Abortion
Self-Managed Abortion
Surgical Abortion

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