Law not in effect due to a
pending legal challenge

Abortion laws by state

Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision, allows states to ban abortions after a fetus is viable outside the womb. But in the past three years, states have gone significantly further. North Dakota's ban, at six weeks post-conception, is the earliest in the nation. The House approved legislation Tuesday that would ban abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the most sweeping abortion restriction to pass any chamber of Congress in a decade. Read related story.


Abortion is bannedallowed in these states at .

These bans are not in effect because of legal challenges.

Most abortion bans include an exception for the life or health of the woman.

SOURCES: The Guttmacher Institute, NARAL Pro-Choice America. GRAPHIC: Wilson Andrews and Sarah Kliff -
The Washington Post. Published March 28, 2013.

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