State legislatures write choice-related laws that have a huge impact on women’s health and lives. Some states have great pro-choice laws. But in other states, anti-choice politicians are intruding on our private health decisions.
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2014 Elections at a Glance
There were already more anti-choice governors than pro-choice ones. Soon the gap will be even wider. See the election results >>
What choice-related laws does your state have? Click your state to get started.
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Our annual report, Who Decides? The Status of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States, takes a look at choice-related laws in each state and at the federal level.
- Read the report online
- Download the full report (PDF)
- Download the report card of state grades (PDF)
Do voters ever decide on issues related to a woman's right to choose? In many states, the answer is yes. Anti-choice groups put measures on the ballot to advance their agenda. Sometimes there are also pro-choice ballot measures.
Colorado Amendment 67
Colorado voters rejected ballot measure Amendment 67, once more refusing the sponsors' attempt to lay the groundwork for an abortion ban. Read our full statement with NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado.
Illinois Pro-Choice Birth Control Referendum
The Illinois legislature put a question on the November ballot regarding prescription birth-control coverage. Voters said yes! While non-binding, this affirms that the majority of Illinois voters support requiring any health-insurance plan that covers prescription drugs to also cover prescription birth control.
North Dakota "Personhood" Measure
Voters in North Dakota defeated Ballot Measure 1, an amendment stating that a fertilized egg has an "inalienable right to life." While "personhood" proposals have appeared on the ballot in several states, they have all failed. Read our full statement.
Tennessee Anti-Choice Constitutional Amendment
An anti-choice measure passed in Tennessee. It repeals a woman’s right to privacy and significantly expands the power of elected officials in the state to restrict abortion rights. The legislature now has the power to repeal any measure that protects abortion rights. That's not all. If Roe v. Wade were ever overturned, the Tennessee Supreme Court would have no authority to keep abortion legal in the state.
News & Updates
A Circuit Court struck down an extreme anti-choice law in North Carolina that tell doctors how to practice medicine.
Activists in North Carolina came out in force to urge health officials to follow sound science.
A Missouri politician introduced an anti-choice bill that takes away a woman's ability to make her own choices, except in a case of "legitimate rape."