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Alicia, 35

At 19 weeks pregnant I found out my baby had spina bifida very severely. My husband and I went to a clinic a week later where we were harassed by protestors.

Marketia, 54

At 18 weeks during the fifth and six pregnancies birth defects that were "incompatible with life" were diagnosed

Anti-choice politicians and groups want to outlaw abortion regardless of the woman’s situation. They want bans on safe abortion methods without exceptions and are trying to ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or earlier—even if the woman’s health is threatened. As long as Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land, they will try again and again to test Roe in the courts. They want to chip away at it until there is nothing left of the law.

The Challenge

Some types of abortion bans harm women in heart-breaking circumstances. Something may have gone wrong late in her pregnancy. Or maybe her doctor told her that going forward with the pregnancy will endanger her health. Abortion bans take choices away from women.

The Federal Abortion Ban, signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003, is a criminal ban on a safe abortion method. It is the first federal law ever to make safe medical procedures a crime.

  • It has no exception to protect a woman's health.
  • Doctors and medical groups oppose it.
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America does not oppose restrictions on abortion after a certain point in the pregnancy as long as there is an exception to protect the woman’s health. However, this bill lacked such an exception. It does not leave the decision of viability to a doctor.

Our Solution

The decision whether to have an abortion should be made by a woman, with her doctor and her loved ones. Politicians should play no part in this decision.

Still, it's certain that similar attempts to reverse Roe v. Wade will continue.

We must not take Roe v. Wade for granted. We must work to ensure that politicians don't overstep. We must fight back when they do.

Laws About Abortion Bans Throughout Pregnancy

Summary of State and Federal Laws

Near-Total Abortion Bans

15 states have unconstitutional and unenforceable near-total criminal bans on abortion: AL, AZ, AR, CO, DE, LA, MA, MI, MS, ND, NM, OK, VT, WV, WI.

  • 2 of these bans was enacted after Roe v. Wade: LA, ND.

5 states have laws that would impose near-total criminal bans on abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade (sometimes known as "trigger" bans): KS, LA, MS, ND, SD.

Abortion Bans Throughout Pregnancy

12 states ban abortion after 20* weeks without an adequate health exception: AL, AZ, AR, GA, ID, IN, KS, LA, NE, ND, OK, TX.

*Note: Arizona’s law is written in such a way that it could apply two weeks earlier than similar laws in other states.

1 state bans abortion after 12* weeks without an adequate health exception: AR.

*Note: Arkansas’ law is written in such a way that it could apply two weeks earlier than is written in the statute.

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