Judge blocks South Carolina abortion ban so state high court can review

A judge paused South Carolina's six-week abortion ban while a challenge makes its way to the state's Supreme Court, he said.

By Kim BellwareMay 26, 2023

States where abortion is legal, banned or under threat

More than a dozen states have laws that criminalize abortion when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Here’s a look at abortion laws by state.

By Caroline Kitchener, Kevin Schaul, N. Kirkpatrick, Daniela Santamariña and Lauren TierneyMay 26, 2023

South Carolina Senate passes 6-week abortion ban, sends bill to governor

An earlier effort to tightly restrict abortions in South Carolina was deemed unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court.

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Rachel RoubeinMay 23, 2023

DeSantis keeps abortion comments brief at antiabortion group’s gala

Ron DeSantis spent about 20 seconds on abortion restrictions during a 40-minute address to a gala for a major advocate of Florida’s new six-week ban.

By Hannah KnowlesMay 21, 2023

Republicans deploy new playbook for abortion bans, citing political backlash

GOP lawmakers in North Carolina and Nebraska are casting new 12-week bans as “mainstream,” while Democrats say they are “cruel and extreme”

By Rachel Roubein, Caroline Kitchener and Colby ItkowitzMay 20, 2023

Her baby has a deadly diagnosis. Her Florida doctors refused an abortion.

Halfway through the pregnancy, a routine ultrasound revealed the fetus had devastating abnormalities, pitching the couple into the uncharted landscape of Florida’s new abortion law.

By Frances Stead SellersMay 19, 2023

The short life of Baby Milo

Milo Evan Dorbert, whose mother’s pregnancy tested the interpretation of Florida’s new abortion law, was born with a fatal abnormality. He lived 99 minutes.

By Frances Stead Sellers, Thomas Simonetti and Maggie PenmanMay 19, 2023

Where 2024 presidential candidates stand on abortion bans

Here are the positions of the leading 2024 Democratic and Republican presidential candidates on abortion, as well as those making moves to enter the race.

By Colby ItkowitzMay 19, 2023

Highlights from court arguments in abortion pill ban appeal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit heard the full appeal Wednesday of a Texas judge's ruling to block access to the abortion pill mifepristone.

By Ann E. Marimow, Caroline Kitchener, Azi Paybarah, Robert Barnes and Perry SteinMay 17, 2023

Abortion laws triggered dozens of health complications, new report says

Researchers collected 50 examples of pregnancy-related complications where new abortion laws impacted the standard of care

By Caroline KitchenerMay 16, 2023

N.C. governor vetoes 12-week abortion ban, setting up fight with GOP lawmakers

The North Carolina governor, a Democrat, has vetoed the state's 12-week abortion ban but the state legislature could still override his action.

By Silvia Foster-FrauMay 13, 2023

Florida groups will launch effort to put abortion access on the ballot

The effort, led by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and two of its Florida affiliates, would allow voters to decide whether the state should allow abortions until a fetus is viable.

By Mariana AlfaroMay 5, 2023

N.C. Republicans poised to pass 12-week abortion ban after secret negotiations

GOP lawmakers are hoping to exploit a new veto-proof supermajority in a state that has become a critical access point for abortions.

By Caroline Kitchener and Rachel RoubeinMay 3, 2023

Conservative dissenters block abortion limits in Nebraska, South Carolina

The South Carolina bill was stopped by five women, three Republicans and two Democrats. The Nebraska bill went down due to an 80-year-old male Republican.

By Brittany Shammas, Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, Rachel Roubein and Caroline KitchenerApril 27, 2023

Florida’s conservative chief justice once affirmed abortion protections

In a little-noted legal article in 2004, Carlos Muñiz, then a private attorney and now chief justice, affirmed that abortion rights are protected by the Florida Constitution's privacy clause.

By Beth Reinhard and Caroline KitchenerApril 27, 2023

North Dakota governor signs near-total abortion ban into law

The law, one of the strictest in the country, permits abortions only in cases of rape or incest within six weeks of pregnancy, or if there is a "serious" health risk to the patient.

By Niha MasihApril 25, 2023

Here’s what the Supreme Court abortion pill ruling means and what’s next

The Supreme Court has preserved full access to mifepristone, the abortion pill. Here's the background and what's at stake.

By Perry Stein, Amber Phillips and David OvalleApril 21, 2023

Supreme Court preserves access to key abortion drug as appeal proceeds

The battle over whether to permanently restrict mifepristone, and whether the FDA properly approved use of the drug more than 20 years ago, continues.

By Robert Barnes and Ann E. MarimowApril 21, 2023

Read the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion pill mifepristone

The Supreme Court ruling on mifepristone retains full access to the abortion pill for the time being. Read the Court's full decision here.

By Washington Post StaffApril 21, 2023

Democratic states stockpile abortion pills as access rests in courts

The Supreme Court's Friday night stay has given Democratic states more time to craft opposition to conservative efforts to dramatically restrict abortion rights.

By Reis Thebault, David Ovalle, Karin Brulliard and Joanna SlaterApril 21, 2023