The Guttmacher Institute monitors and analyzes legislation, regulation and judicial action related to state policy developments on pregnancy and pregnancy-related services. This effort is used to prepare monthly updates on new policy developments and the status of state laws and policies.
State Laws and Policies
For nearly 50 years, Roe provided a baseline of legal protection for abortion in the United States. Of course, Roe was never enough. Access to abortion care continues to be dependent on a person’s ability to pay, their state of residence or their ability to navigate the complex web of obstacles created by their state legislature.