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Abortion Access

The U.S. Supreme Court has ended the federal constitutional right to abortion — handing our power to control our own bodies to politicians.

Take Action: Bans Off Our Bodies

Politicians opposed to abortion rights have made it clear that their ultimate goal is to ban abortion nationwide. Join the fight for our right to make decisions about our bodies, lives, and futures!

Bans Off Our Bodies

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. 

You should have the right to control your own body.

And yet, on June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade — the case that had recognized the federal constitutional right to abortion in 1973. The Supreme Court’s new ruling means that we have lost federal constitutional protection for abortion.

This devastating decision turns back the clock on reproductive rights 50 years. It gives politicians the authority to make decisions for you. And it lets them control what your future will look like.

Now, abortion bans will spread across much of the country.

But the abortion rights movement is strong, and we’re not backing down. Planned Parenthood Action Fund is fighting even harder for the rights of all people — and generations to come — to live the life they choose. We just need one thing: your support.

Join us in the fight for our right to make decisions about our bodies, lives, and futures!

The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the case that had recognized the constitutional right to abortion for 49 years.

Here’s what that means.

What Happened

The U.S. Supreme Court is now dominated by justices hostile to our freedom — and in June 2022, the court took away our federal constitutional right to abortion. This ruling robbed us of our power to make personal decisions about our own bodies, and gave that control to politicians.

This decision overturns nearly 50 years of precedent. And it goes against the will of the American people, 80% of whom believe that abortion should be legal.

What’s Next

Abortion bans have already taken effect in some states. In others, the Supreme Court’s outrageous decision is fueling efforts by narrow-minded politicians to ban abortion soon.

Abortion bans can trap people into inhumane situations, forcing them to remain pregnant or — if they have the resources — to travel hundreds or thousands of miles for a legal abortion.

But politicians who oppose abortion won’t stop with state bans. They ultimately want to ban abortion nationwide and make safe, legal abortion completely impossible.

What We’re Doing

We are outraged and ready to fight like hell.

No judge, no politician, no law should ever block your personal medical decisions or set the course for your life. Abortion access should not be based on your ZIP code, income level, or immigration status.

Where Is Abortion Accessible?

Look up your state to find current abortion laws — and learn how your access to abortion may have changed now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade.

 

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.

Blogs About Abortion

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. 

Planned Parenthood health centers are proud to continue providing safe, legal abortion.

No matter what, Planned Parenthood believes you deserve accurate information and access to the full range of reproductive health care services — including safe, legal abortion — so you can make your own, fully informed health-care decisions.

Abortion Access: Timeline of Attacks
2009–2022

Here are key attacks on abortion providers and abortion rights in the past decade.

See the full timeline

  • 2009: Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider, is assassinated while attending church in Kansas

  • 2010: Swept up by hostility to health-care legislation, anti-abortion politicians win elections to Congress and state legislatures — and then use gerrymandering and voting restrictions to entrench themselves in office.

  • 2011: Thirty-six states enact a then-record 92 new abortion restrictions.

  • 2012: Nineteen states enact 43 new abortion restrictions.

  • 2013: Ignoring mass protests, anti-abortion Texas politicians enact sweeping abortion restrictions. In the following three years, half of Texas's approximately 40 abortion providers close, leaving many people to travel hundreds of miles or cross states lines to get an abortion

  • 2014: Fifteen states enact 26 new abortion restrictions, including two bans on abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy — bringing the total of states enacting 20-week abortion bans to 13.

  • 2015: Anti-abortion extremists linked to the group that killed Dr. Tiller release misleading, deceptive smear videos to demonize abortion providers and smear Planned Parenthood.

  • 2016: Anti-abortion Justice Antonin Scalia dies, setting up a fight for the future of the U.S. Supreme Court.  In an unprecedented step, anti-abortion Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to start the confirmation process to fill the vacancy. Then, despite running close to 3 million votes behind his opponent, Donald Trump wins enough electoral votes to become president-elect.

  • 2017: Trump attacks abortion access — and swiftly moves on his promise to name judges who would “automatically” overturn Roe v. Wade.

  • 2018: Trump appoints — and the Senate confirms — a second anti-abortion Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh.

  • 2019: The Trump-Pence administration issues a Title X gag rule in an attempt to ban providers in the Title X program from telling millions of patients how they can safely and legally access abortion — and “defund” Planned Parenthood health centers by making it impossible for Title X patients to obtain birth control there.

  • 2020:

  • 2021: 

    • In one of the most extreme abortion bans this country has ever seen, politicians, neighbors, and even complete strangers can sue anyone who helps a person access an abortion in Texas after six weeks.

    • Other states follow Texas’s lead by introducing “copycat” legislation.

  • 2022:

    • ​​​​​​​Abortion restrictions mount across the country, including restrictions on medication abortion. Unprecedented abortion bans become law in Florida, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Idaho.

    • The U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, opening the floodgates for more states to ban abortion.

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