The overturn of Roe v. Wade has caused legal changes across the United States regarding abortion restrictions.
This is because abortion is no longer considered a federally protected right, leaving it up to state governments to decide their own abortion laws.
While some states did not experience many changes due to existing laws, others experienced more significant changes if old laws went back into effect or new ones were introduced.
Below, we will share the current abortion laws by state as of January 27, 2023. These are subject to change as states continue to debate and decide their abortion laws.
States Where Abortion Is Legal
Among states where abortion is legal, there are varying degrees of restrictions. Many include a gestational age limit, meaning they restrict abortion based on how far along a woman is in her pregnancy.
States Where Abortion Is Legal Without Gestational Limits
These states allow abortion throughout the entirety of pregnancy without any gestational limits. They include Alaska, Colorado, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, and Vermont.
States Where Abortion Is Legal Until Viability
Viability is considered the timeframe when a fetus can live outside the uterus without assistance. In the United States, this presently occurs at around 24 weeks into pregnancy.
Some state laws allow abortion up until viability without a specific number of weeks defined. States with these laws include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington.
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Pennsylvania allow abortion up until 24 weeks, designating weeks instead of viability.
States Where Abortion Is Legal Until 22 Weeks
Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Massachusetts, and South Carolina, currently allow abortion until 22 weeks.
Some of the states currently have laws blocked by judges while lawsuits proceed, leading to a broader window for abortion than what new laws could allow.
States Where Abortion Is Legal with Lower Limits
Other states have shorter periods of time when abortion is legal.
North Carolina allows abortion up to 20 weeks. Utah bans abortion after 18 weeks, while Florida and Arizona ban it after 15 weeks. Georgia allows abortion until six weeks of pregnancy.
Laws Change, But We Stay the Same
Even while laws change and fluctuate, our support stays the same. We are steadfast in our commitment to serving women experiencing an unexpected pregnancy.
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