How many steps it takes to get an abortion in each state
Orion Rummler, Aïda Amer
Aug 24, 2019
Data: Guttmacher Institute; Aïda Amer, Andrew Witherspoon
The most restrictive abortion laws in generations are working through the courts across America's red states, confusing some on whether abortion is legal where they live.
Where it stands: Women and transgender men must take 5-8 steps to get an abortion in the most heavily regulated states. They often have to wait at least 24 hours after seeking an abortion, attend counseling against the decision and take at least 2 trips to a facility — and in 6 states, only 1 such facility is available.
Which states are blocking abortion — and which are enacting protections?
By Dan Keating, Lauren Tierney and Tim Meko
May 9, 2019
Many states have created new laws this year to limit abortion or even try to ban it altogether in the hope that the Supreme Court with President Trump’s two appointees will be more likely to approve them.
Most of the new restrictions are in the South and Midwest. In contrast, New York removed old restrictions and affirmed access to abortion. Vermont is weighing a constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights.