In June of 2022, the United States Supreme Court issued the Jackson Women’s Heath Center V Dobbs decision overturning 50 years of federal protection for abortion. Since that time, nearly half of the States have enacted bans, gestational age limits, or other restrictions that have severely limited access to legal abortion across large swaths of the country. At the same time, voters in several states have passed ballot initiatives and elected judges or other officials based on their commitment to protect or expand abortion access. In short, the landscape of abortion legality is in flux and is likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future.
In place of updated didactic videos on abortion legality in the US, we offer the following resources that are updated regularly and help contextualize the current landscape. We will update them when new resources become available. If you know of a resource or video that should appear here, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last update: November 2023
Center for Reproductive Rights: After Roe Fell: Abortion Laws by State
Kaiser Family Foundation: Abortion in the United States Dashboard
Guttmacher Institute: Interactive Map: US Abortion Policies and Access After Roe
The Lawyering Project video with Tanya Pellegrini, Senior Counsel: Jackson Women’s Health Organization v. Dobbs. Published May 17, 2023.
ProPublica Webinar: Post-Roe: Today’s Abortion Landscape. Presented March 21, 2023.
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