Legislatures and governors in states across the country have been trying to chip away at abortion rights and access for decades. Some have even admitted that these efforts are an attempt to reverse the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that made abortion up to the point of fetal viability a constitutional right in the United States.
In September 2021, Texas enacted a six-week abortion ban that deputizes the public to sue anyone who helps a patient get an abortion, from the taxi driver who takes them to the clinic to the medical provider who performs the procedure.
On December 1, 2021, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a Mississippi case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, about a 15-week abortion ban. A decision in favor of the state could strike down Roe, putting the reproductive freedom of Americans back in state hands. Though Population Connection Action Fund is not heavily involved in state-level work, we have signed on to an amicus brief from the National Women’s Law Center opposing the Mississippi law.
If you’d like to see current information about abortion rights in your state, the Guttmacher Institute is a great resource.