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Are politicians really trying to outlaw abortion care altogether?

YES. If Roe v. Wade were overturned, it would open the door for anti-choice lawmakers in state and federal governments to enact and enforce laws banning abortion. In fact, some states already have abortion bans on the books, either from before Roe or because they enacted laws after Roe hoping to prompt the Supreme Court to overturn it. Currently, these bans are unenforceable; however, if Roe were overturned they would become enforceable immediately. Still other states have anti-choice legislatures and governors likely to enact abortion bans if Roe were overturned.

Additionally, some state are enacting laws that ban abortion earlier and earlier in pregnancy. In 2013, North Dakota went the furthest, enacting a "heartbeat" law that makes abortion illegal as early as six weeks. This law is a de facto near-total ban: had it been allowed to take effect, it would have banned abortion before many women even know they are pregnant.

Current State Measures

13 states have unconstitutional and unenforceable near-total criminal bans on abortion: AL, AZ, AR, DE, LA, MA, MI, MS, ND, NM, OK, WV, WI.

  • 2 of these bans was enacted after Roe v. Wade: LA, ND.

4 states have laws that would impose near-total criminal bans on abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade (sometimes known as "trigger" bans): LA, MS, ND, SD.

2014 Enacted State Legislation

View a map of all states with Near-Total Abortion Bans.

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