Abortion Rights in The United States
Abortion in the U.S. is legal - at least according to the 1973 decision taken by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade. Yet single states have the power to restrict, discourage or pose serious obstacles to women seeking abortion. Currently, more than half of US states have at least one law against the most recent World Health Organization recommendations for a safe abortion. Only 7 of the 44 states have a Freedom of Choice Act that positively states women's legal right to abortion. Forty-four states require parents' notification or consent before letting young women access abortion procedures. Others have state-mandated counseling that is clearly biased to discourage abortion, by inaccurately portraying risks and drawbacks, or by stating that personhood begins with conception. Overall, many states undermine women's autonomy and access to rights sanctioned by law.
This resource compares the laws protection or limiting women's access to abortion in different US States. The information is organized in sections, each covering one issue that the World Health Organization identifies as an obstacle to women's human right to access abortion. This article is politically neutral, but is based on the idea that:
"Women in all countries have induced abortions. Where legal services are readily accessible and available, those abortions are generally safe; where access and availability of legal services are highly restricted, they tend to be unsafe". ~ World Health Organization