Roe v. Wade Overturned: Our Latest Resources

Abortion Rights and Access in the Post-Roe Era

 

In June 2022, the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade with its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, eliminating the federal right to abortion. As the US abortion access landscape continues to shift rapidly, this page compiles Guttmacher’s relevant policy and research resources that reflect the ongoing impact of abortion bans and restrictions. 

Abortion Policies Interactive Map

Guttmacher’s interactive map is an up-to-date guide on abortion policies in every US state.

It provides an at-a-glance overview of the abortion policy landscape while detailing each state's current protective or restrictive policies, plus key demographic and abortion-related statistics.

Monthly Abortion Provision Study

Medication Abortion

In addition to attacking abortion rights through state and federal legislative action, anti-abortion activists continue to weaponize the judicial system. One prominent attack is aimed at trying to revoke FDA approval of mifepristone, a drug used in the most common medication abortion regimen.  

The Guttmacher Institute and several of our senior social scientists joined two powerful amicus briefs that were submitted to the US Supreme Court on January 30, calling on the Court to reverse the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ dangerous decision to limit access to medication abortion and uphold the FDA’s long-standing approval of mifepristone without imposing medically unnecessary restrictions. 

Learn more about the amicus briefs. 

An op-ed by Guttmacher research and policy experts published in The Hill delves into an example of unsound science being used in the US Supreme Court case attempting to restrict access to mifepristone. The authors discuss why the retraction of a 2021 study was justified based on the researchers’ use of an inappropriate measure and misleading presentation of findings.   

Read the full op-ed: Why a flawed study on medication abortion was retracted 

Medication abortion has become critical for abortion care, yet there is still substantial misunderstanding about what constitutes a medication abortion and how to obtain one, either within or outside of the formal health care system.  

Our experts break down medication abortion using mifepristone and misoprostol, explain the ways that people in the United States access those pills, describe self-managed medication abortion, and provide research and policy context for these concepts. 

Medication Abortion Within and Outside the Formal US Health Care System: What You Need to Know 

While proving to be safe and effective in the United States for more than two decades, mifepristone has been around for nearly 40 years, and there is abundant evidence from other countries, as well as from the global scientific community, that it is a safe, effective and essential medication.  

Mifepristone for Abortion in a Global Context: Safe, Effective and Approved in Nearly 100 Countries 

State Policy Trends 2023

In 2023, the first full year since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, state legislatures took key action on reproductive health policies, especially on abortion, gender-affirming care and contraception. The US abortion landscape became even more fractured and many anti-abortion policymakers escalated attacks on gender-affirming care, highlighting that these attacks on reproductive health and autonomy are connected. The analysis also outlines innovative policy solutions some states have enacted to protect and expand abortion access for all.  

Read the analysis.

Abortion Access Inequity Research

The abortion landscape is fragmented and increasingly polarized. Since the fall of Roe, many states have abortion restrictions or bans in place that make it difficult, if not impossible, for people to get care. Other states have taken steps to protect abortion rights and access.

Research has long indicated that abortion bans have the greatest impact on people in marginalized groups who already struggle to access health care, including abortion.

Wealth disparities also shape the US abortion landscape by determining access at every level, from contraceptive care to abortion care. Even before the fall of Roe, individuals living in states that were likely to ban abortion in the absence of constitutional protections faced substantial financial barriers to obtaining an abortion.

Policy analysis: Inequity in US abortion rights and access

Policy analysis: The exacerbation of wealth disparities after Dobbs

Video: Inequality and abortion access

Infographics

 

Videos

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Global Reverberations of the Rollback on Abortion Rights in the US

A virtual discussion on the global impact of the Dobbs decision, with four panelists hosted by the Guttmacher Institute at Women Deliver 2023

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Inequality and Abortion Access

Provides an overview of the disproportionate impact that abortion bans and restrictions have on people already facing systemic racism and economic inequality.

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Abortion Policies in the US Since Roe v. Wade was Overturned

Provides an overview of abortion policies in the US since Roe v. Wade was overturned

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Get the Facts on Medication Abortion in the United States

Medication Abortion Using Mifepristone Is Safe, Effective and Widely Used

Provides on overview of the facts on medication abortion and why mifepristone is a critically important part of abortion provision in the United States.

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Who Has Abortions in the United States? Part 1

Provides an overview of U.S. abortion patients by age, income and parental status

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Who Has Abortions in the United States? Part 2

Provides an overview of U.S. abortion patients by race and religion

"One Year Post-Roe" Content Library

Background Information

This library contains articles and analyses detailing the changing landscape of US abortion rights and access from 2016 to now. Its contents map key abortion patient trends, explain the consequences of harmful policy changes, and highlight coalition efforts to restore reproductive rights and justice since Roe was overturned.

  1. Policy Analysis

    Advancing Equity in a Post-Dobbs Landscape: Applying the Racial Equity and Policy Framework to the Work of the Guttmacher Institute

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