United States | Abortion

State Policies on Abortion

The Guttmacher Institute monitors and analyzes legislation, regulation and judicial action related to state policy developments on abortion rights and access. This effort is used to prepare monthly updates on new policy developments and the status of state laws and policies.

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The impact of restrictions on abortion services falls hardest upon low-income women. Some women want to terminate their pregnancies but live in areas with laws that severely restrict access to abortion and have limited resources and support. They are left with no practical options other than to self-induce, which in turn puts them at risk of prosecution. This situation is common in many countries where abortion is highly restricted