An Extreme Overreach into Women’s Reproductive Health Care

From the National Women's Law Center

2013 State Level Abortion Restrictions: 
An Extreme Overreach into Women’s Reproductive Health Care 

2013 marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that affirmed a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion. Yet, anti-abortion state politicians continued to relentlessly attack this right in 2013, in the hopes of overturning Roe and preventing women from obtaining abortions. 

In 2013, 22 states enacted a total of 70 abortion restrictions – the second highest number of abortion restrictions to become law in a single year. These state restrictions are a dangerous overreach into women’s personal medical decisions.

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  • States Are Banning Abortion Outright, in an Attempt to Overturn Roe v. Wade
  • States Are Banning Abortion Later in Pregnancy, Ignoring an Individual Woman’s Particular Circumstances
  • States Are Attempting to Establish “Fetal Personhood” In Order to Ban Abortion, Without Exception, and Restrict Access to Other Reproductive Health Services
  • States Are Requiring Women to Undergo Medically Unnecessary, Physically Invasive Ultrasounds Before Obtaining an Abortion
  • States Are Attempting to Regulate Abortion Providers Out of Existence
  • States Are Banning Insurance Coverage of Abortion, Taking Away Benefits Women Currently Have and Jeopardizing Women’s Health
  • States Are Limiting Women’s Access to Non-Surgical Abortion
  • States Are Enacting Longer Mandatory Delay Requirements
  • States Are Enacting Harmful Sex Selective Abortion Bans
  • States are Allowing Individuals and Institutions to Refuse to Participate in Abortion
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