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Tell GoFundMe to Remove Abortion from the List of Banned Fundraisers

GoFundMe just announced a new policy that restricts people from raising money to help pay for an abortion. They consider abortion in the same category as terrorism and violence, other banned categories.

Tell the Pennsylvania Legislature to Stop Throwing Women in Jail for Abortion

Jennifer Whalen is a single mom in very difficult circumstances. She was just sentenced to 18 months in prison for trying to help her daughter get safe, legal abortion care! Tell the Pennsylvania legislature to stop throwing women in jail and focus on making sure we can exercise our constitutional rights.

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Stop Michael Boggs' Confirmation

President Obama asked the Senate to confirm a judicial nominee who tried to channel funds to anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers and make a parental consent law even more extreme. Learn More »

What are Freedom of Choice Acts, and why do states need to codify Roe's protections?

In Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a woman’s right to choose. However, in subsequent decisions the Supreme Court sharply limited some of Roe’s protections and could someday eliminate them entirely.

A Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) helps ensure that a woman’s right to choose is preserved by making Roe’s protections a permanent part of state or federal law. Women in states with FOCAs—or women nationwide if Congress were to pass a federal version—would continue to have access to safe, legal abortion care, even if Roe is further eroded or overturned in the courts. However, if the Supreme Court overturned Roe without a FOCA in place, Congress would be able to pass legislation banning abortion nationwide, trumping state codifications of Roe’s protections.

Current State Laws

7 states have codified a woman's right to choose, making the protections of Roe v. Wade part of state law: CA, CT, HI, ME, MD, NV, WA.

  • 3 states enacted these measures by ballot initiative: MD, NV, WA.
View a map of all states with Freedom of Choice Acts.

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