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Counseling Bans & Gag Rules

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Anti-choice candidates didn’t win by running on their beliefs – they won by running on ours. Tell them they'll be held accountable if they support any attacks on our reproductive freedom.

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What are counseling bans and gag rules, and how do they impede women's access to health care?

To make informed health-care decisions, patients must have access to full, complete, and accurate information about their options. Women seeking reproductive-health care are no different. Counseling bans, also known as gag rules, typically prohibit organizations that receive state and/or federal funds from counseling or referring women for abortion services, hinder doctors from treating their patients responsibly, and severely limit women’s ability to make informed choices.

Current State Laws

21 states have laws that prohibit some or all state employees or organizations that receive state funds from providing, counseling, or referring women for abortion services: AL, AR, AZ, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, TX, VA, WI.

  • 1 state prohibition has been held partially unconstitutional: ND.

2013 Enacted State Legislation

3 states enacted 5 measures that prohibit organizations receiving state funds from counseling or referring women for abortion services: AR, MI, OH.


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