NARAL Pro-Choice America

Shortcut Navigation:

Get Email Updates

* means required

Privacy Policy >>
   Please leave this field empty

Donate

Donate now to keep abortion safe and legal

Your contribution will help protect the right to choose and defend against anti-choice attacks.

Donate Now

Freedom of Choice Acts

Take Action

Stop Michael Boggs' Confirmation

President Obama has 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. Call on your senators to oppose him.

Share This on Choice in the States

Check out and share our infographic on choice-related laws in the states.

Featured Efforts

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.

Bookmark and Share

©2014 NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation   Copyright Information