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The Supreme Court announced that it will take up a once-in-a-generation case on abortion access. Say you'll stand on the side of reproductive freedom as this case heads to the highest court in the land.

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Anti-choice members of Congress are already preparing legislation to try to use these phony videos to justify a wave of new attacks on reproductive freedom. Planned Parenthood needs to know we’ve got their back.

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

The U.S. Supreme Court is about to hear 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 »

Are health-care providers really allowed to refuse to provide medically necessary services?

YES. A number of state and federal laws include provisions known as “refusals,” which permit a broad range of individuals and institutions—including hospitals, health-care providers, pharmacists, employers, and insurance companies—to refuse to provide, pay for, counsel for, or even refer patients for medical treatment. Although carefully crafted refusal laws may be acceptable in some circumstances to protect individuals who oppose certain treatments, broad refusal laws deny women medically necessary information, referrals, and services. In addition, even if individual medical providers are protected, health-care corporations should not be allowed broadly to deny women access to necessary medical services and information.

Current State Measures

47 states and the District of Columbia allow certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals: AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY.

2014 Enacted State Legislation

1 state enacted 2 measures allowing certain individuals or institutions to refuse to provide women specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals: VA.

View a map of all states with Refusal to Provide Medical Services.

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