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Restrictions on Low-Income Women's Access to Abortion

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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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