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Tell Republicans: Stop Playing Politics with Human Trafficking Survivors

A Senate bill supported by both parties would help survivors of sex trafficking get their lives back on track, but anti-choice Republicans refuse to support it unless survivors are denied access to abortion care.

Tell Sen. McConnell: Stop Playing Politics and Start doing your job!

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants an abortion ban included in a bill that would help survivors of human trafficking and has publicly announced he won't consider the attorney general nomination until that bill passes.

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Exposing Anti-Choice Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Anti-choice CPCs mislead and manipulate people facing unintended pregnancies. 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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