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.
What choice-related laws does your state have? Click your state to get started.
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Looking for the big picture? Check out our overview of pro-choice laws and overview of anti-choice laws passed in the states last year, or learn about the choice composition of state governments across the country.
Our annual report, Who Decides? The Status of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States, takes a closer look at choice-related laws in each state.
- Read the report online
- Download the full report (PDF)
- Download the report card of state grades (PDF)
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2014 Elections at a Glance
Before the 2014 elections, there were already more anti-choice governors than pro-choice ones. Now the gap is even wider. See the election results >>
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
Wisconsin now has only three abortion providers, all in major cities, leaving millions without the care they need nearby.
"Antiabortion practitioners have the right to make their argument against abortion, but not to bamboozle women to advance their cause," the paper says.
Not only has Texas passed burdensome laws to close down abortion clinics, state officials now also want to severely restrict who can provide sex education.