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District of Columbia

Grade

Because Congress routinely interferes with the District of Columbia’s local abortion-related policy, no local grade is given.

Access Fact

The number of abortion providers in the District of Columbia fell by 33 percent from 2005 to 2008

Methodology

Source: Guttmacher Institute

Political Info and Laws in Brief

Executives

  • Mayor Vincent Gray (D) is pro-choice.

Legislature

  • The District of Columbia Council is pro-choice.

ANTI-CHOICE LAWS

Refusal to Provide Medical Services

The District of Columbia allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals.
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Restrictions on Low-Income Women's Access to Abortion

The District of Columbia restricts low-income women's access to abortion.
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Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP)

The District of Columbia prohibits certain qualified health-care professionals from providing abortion care.
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PRO-CHOICE LAWS

Emergency Contraception

District of Columbia law improves women's access to emergency contraception (EC).
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Protection Against Clinic Violence

The District of Columbia protects women seeking reproductive-health care and medical personnel from blockades and violence.
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