State-Level Abortion Bans

Politicians in states across the country have been trying to chip away at abortion rights and access for decades via unconstitutional bans, angling for a case that would rise to the attention of the Supreme Court.

A 15-week ban in Mississippi finally did just that. The Supreme Court has now overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion up to the point of fetal viability (22-24 weeks’ gestation) a constitutional right in the United States. The ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization permits 13 states to enforce “trigger bans,” and at least a dozen more states are expected to reimplement existing pre-Roe bans or enact new ones.

Texas already enacted a six-week abortion ban in September 2021 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. Oklahoma followed suit with a copycat ban in May 2022. The Guttmacher Institute is a great resource on up-to-date state abortion bans and protections.

We are dedicated to helping elect congressional candidates in this year’s midterm elections who will support the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), a bill that would prohibit state governments from imposing undue burdens on patients seeking abortions or on providers offering abortion services.

Women’s Health Protection Act:

In the House of Representatives (H.R.3755)

Introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA-27) on June 8, 2021

Passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on September 24, 2021

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In the Senate (S.4132)

Originally introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on June 8, 2021, as S.1975; reintroduced on May 3, 2022, as S.4132

Failed in the Senate on February 28, 2022, and again on May 11, 2022

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Urge your senators to vote for the Women’s Health Protection Act (S.4132)!

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