3 Facts on Abortion
Abortion Is Health Care
No one is free unless they control their own body. Abortion is an essential part of sexual and reproductive health care. Both in-clinic and medication abortions are very safe.
Abortion Is Common
Nearly a fourth of women in America will have an abortion by age 45. Abortion has been practiced for thousands of years in cultures throughout the world.
Abortion Is a Basic Right
The ability to control your own personal medical decisions, including whether to end a pregnancy, is a fundamental human right. Restricting abortion access is dangerous and inhumane.
Types of State Restrictions on Abortion
How We Got Here
Abortion bans began in America in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when men in power sought to strategically control the country’s women and reproduction. State bans caused abortion care to go underground. But advocates for the right to access abortion fought back. And in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized abortion as a constitutional right in its Roe v. Wade decision.
In the decades since, abortion opponents stacked federal courts with anti-abortion judges; passed abortion bans; spread deceptions; imposed arbitrary restrictions; and waged one legal battle after another. Now, they have reversed Roe v. Wade.
Abortion Bans Harm People of Color
Abortion bans are a product of the historic and systemic barriers to health care that too many communities face every day.
America’s legacy of racism and discrimination has already blocked access to care and opportunity — generation after generation — for Black, Latino, Indigenous, and other people of color. Abortion bans harm them the most.
Abortion bans and restrictions also fall hard on people with low incomes, for whom the cost of transportation, childcare, and time off work often conspire to put abortion out of reach — even where it is legal.
Outrage: U.S. Supreme Court Takes Away Federal Constitutional Right to Abortion
On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade — throwing out the 1973 decision that recognized abortion as a constitutional right, and handing politicians across the country the power to make decisions about our bodies, our lives, and our futures.
Anti-abortion Members of Congress Proposing Nationwide Six-Week Ban
The Supreme Court plans to end the constitutional right to abortion — taking away our power to control our own bodies — and politicians aim to outlaw abortion across the United States, no matter where you live. We're fighting back.
Abortion Bans and Restrictions Mount in States Across the Country Just 2 Months Into 2022
Emboldened by a Supreme Court decision that could end the constitutional right to abortion this spring, politicians opposed to abortion rights have wasted no time advancing laws to harshly restrict abortion or ban it entirely.