Wave of abortion restrictions rising in America
Abortion bans continue popping up across the United States, leaving many people wondering where their states stand. Here’s what you need to know.
Abortion is legal in every state
Abortion is legal under Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in all 50 states.
But most states have set limits in one way or another. This year, a series of strict anti-abortion bills have been passed with the intention to reshape women’s access to the procedure.
The most restrictive abortion law in the country is in Alabama. The ban makes abortion illegal in virtually all cases — including cases of rape and incest — and doctors who perform abortions could face life in prison.