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Restrictions on Low-Income Women's Access to Abortion

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End the House Special Committee Attacking Planned Parenthood

Exposing people involved in fetal tissue research to harassment and intimidation is not just wrong. It's dangerous and irresponsible. Tell Rep. Marsha Blackburn to dismantle her committee attacking women's health.

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President Obama has fulfilled his constitutional duty to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, nominating Merrick Garland. And yet Senate Republican leaders are still refusing to do their jobs.

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Supreme Court Case: Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a case that could redefine abortion access for decades to come. The case, known as Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, is a challenge to Texas' notorious TRAP law, H.B.2. Learn More »

How do restrictions on access to abortion care disproportionately affect low-income women?

All women should have access to reproductive-health care, regardless of their economic status; however, discriminatory restrictions on public funding make abortion services an unavailable choice for many low-income women. Banning public funding for certain services unfairly limits reproductive-health options for those who rely on the government for their health care. These policies allow politicians to discriminate against women who receive health insurance through the government and create a two-tiered system of reproductive freedom, with one set of rights for wealthy women and another set for those with lesser means.

Current State Measures

34 states and the District of Columbia restrict low-income women’s access to abortion: AL, AK, AR, CO, DC, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MI, MS, MO, NE, NV, NH, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY.

  • 6 of these states fund abortion services for low-income women in extremely limited circumstances beyond federal restrictions: IN, IA, MS, UT, VA, WI.
  • 1 of these laws has been found unenforceable: AK.

17 states fund abortion services for low-income women beyond federal restrictions: AK, AZ, CA, CT, HI, IL, MD, MA, MN, MT, NJ, NM, NY, OR, VT, WA, WV.

2014 Enacted State Legislation

1 state enacted 1 measure restricting low-income women’s access to abortion: AK.

View a map of all states with Restrictions on Low-Income Women's Access to Abortion .

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