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State Abortion Laws and Restrictions

The abortion laws can vary from state to state but keep in mind there are also national laws as well. If you are considering an abortion it would be ideal for you to have a good understanding of the laws in your state.

Below is a table the shows you the various laws state by state: 
Last updated: April 26, 2017, at 19:27 pm


State Parental Parental Restrictions on Counseling & State-Funded
Notification Consent Late-term Abortions Mandatory Wait Abortions
Alabama Operational Operational 24 hours
Alaska Enjoined Counseling Only Operational
Arizona Operational Operational
Arkansas Operational Operational 24 hours
California Enjoined Counseling Only Operational
Colorado Operational Counseling Only
Connecticut Operational Operational
Delaware Operational Enjoined Enjoined
District of Columbia
Florida Enjoined Operational
Georgia Operational Operational
Hawaii Operational
Idaho Operational Operational 24 hours
Illinois Enjoined Operational
Indiana Operational Operational 18 hours**
Iowa Operational
Kansas Operational 24 hours
Kentucky Operational 24 hours
Louisiana Operational 24 hours **
Maine Counseling Only
Maryland Operational Operational Operational
Massachusetts Operational Operational Enjoined Operational
Michigan Operational 24 hours
Minnesota Operational Enjoined 24 hours Operational
Mississippi Operational 24 hours **
Missouri Operational Enjoined
Montana Enjoined Operational Enjoined Operational
Nebraska Operational 24 hours
Nevada Enjoined Operational Counseling Only
New Hampshire Enjoined
New Jersey Enjoined Operational
New Mexico Enjoined Operational
New York Operational Operational
North Carolina Operational Operational
North Dakota Operational 24 hours
Ohio Operational Enjoined Enjoined 24 hours
Oklahoma Enjoined
Oregon Operational
Pennsylvania Operational Operational 24 hours
Rhode Island Operational Operational Counseling Only
South Carolina Operational Operational 1 hour
South Dakota Operational Operational 24 hours
Tennessee Operational Enjoined
Texas Operational Operational 24 hours
Utah Operational Enjoined 24 hours **
Vermont Operational
Virginia Operational Operational 24 hours
Washington Operational
West Virginia Operational 24 hours Operational
Wisconsin Operational 24 hours **
Wyoming Operational
Operational: Law is currently in effect & operates according to the intent of the original legislation.
Enjoined: State court has prohibited from being in effect because they say the restrictions violate their state constitution.
Pending: Law is not currently in effect.
Restrictions on Late-Term Abortions:
There are limits on post-viability abortions in accordance with U.S. Supreme Court requirements allowing them when necessary to preserve the woman’s life or health. There are 17 states that have additional laws regarding post-viability abortions.
Mandatory Wait: Women must have state-directed counseling and wait for the specified time prior to the abortion.
24 Hours **: Two visits to a health care provider are required because the counseling must be provided orally and in person.
Counseling Only: Must get state-directed counseling in order to get an abortion, but there is not a waiting period required.
NOTE: Each state provides state-funded abortions to the extent dictated by the 1993 Clinton regulations (rape, incest, & life of the mother).  States that offer financial assistance in addition to these circumstances are differentiated by “Operational”.
Source: Alan Guttmacher Institute, Facts in Brief, April 2004

Last updated: April 26, 2017, at 19:27 pm