The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision kickstarted a cascading event of state-level legislation. This inevitably places government affairs and advocacy professionals in a position to rapidly develop and implement state strategies to further their causes.
Staying on top of the myriad of current and rapidly developing state legislation is the very first step in what may be long, drawn-out battles for organizations impacted by the SCOTUS decision.
That’s why here at FiscalNote, our Professional Services team has been working hard to bring our clients an updated map and table showing exactly what states currently have legislation in place, including
The most up-to-date abortion laws,
Whether bans and trigger laws go into effect,
Any pending legal action, and
How many weeks abortions are restricted to by state.
The Current State of Abortion Policy Across the United States
After the Supreme Court decision, abortion is effectively illegal in five states, and could become illegal in an additional five states. Seven states that had previously made abortion illegal or heavily restricted have pending legal action. In 24 states, and the District of Columbia, abortion is still legal, while in nine states its fate remains uncertain.
Download the full PDF table to see an overview of the restrictions in each state before and after the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which held that the country’s constitution does not protect the right to abortion, overturning its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Where relevant, the table also provides the most updated abortion law in the state, its current status of legality, and any pending legal action.
We will keep this table updated on a daily basis so be sure to come back to get the latest developments across the country all in one place so you can stay ahead of the flurry of activity around this issue.
Receive updates on evolving abortion laws as they develop across the U.S. with FiscalNote State, providing access to bills, committees, hearings, voting records, and more across all 50 states and D.C. Request a demo to learn more.
Ripple Effects Across Industries
Healthcare organizations, human and civil rights organizations, religious groups, economic equity advocates, and privacy watchdogs will be impacted most immediately. But non-impacted organizations might still feel the effects while trying to keep their issues front and center. All that work on getting issues moved forward might risk being supplanted by abortion-related legislation.
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