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Restrictions on Young Women's Access to Abortion

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If a woman seeking abortion care goes to a health care center staffed by AmeriCorps volunteers, AmeriCorps volunteers are prevented—by law—from providing full information about her reproductive health care options.

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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 are abortion restrictions dangerous to young women's safety?

Most young women talk with at least one parent when facing an unintended pregnancy. But some young women feel for various reasons—including abuse, rape, or incest—that they cannot. Further, placing restrictions on a young woman’s access to abortion can delay her from seeking earlier, safer care, thus putting her health at risk. Of course, most parents hope their daughters will seek out their advice and support, but responsible parents want, above all, for their daughters to be safe.

Current State Measures

44 states have parental-notice or -consent measures that restrict young women’s access to abortion: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV, WI, WY

  • 25 states require parental consent: AL, AZ, AR, CA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NM, NC, ND, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, WI.
  • 14 states require parental notice: AK, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, IA, MD, MN, NV, NH, NJ, SD, WV.
  • 5 states require both parental notice and consent: OK, TX, UT, VA, WY.
  • 12 states that have parental-notice and/or -consent laws permit other trusted adults to stand in for a parent: AZ, CO, DE, IL, IA, ME, NC, NE, PA, SC, VA, WI.
  • 5 of these laws have been found unconstitutional and unenforceable: CA, MT, NV, NJ, NM.

2014 Enacted State Legislation

2 states enacted 2 measures restricting young women's access to abortion: AL, AZ.

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

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