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.
Who Represents You?
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 - 5.7MB)
- 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.
Recent Ballot Measures
North Dakota Measure 3
On June 12, North Dakota voters rejected Measure 3. The initiative was officially called the "Religious Liberties Restoration Amendment," but it was so broad that it could have allowed anybody to do (or refuse to do) just about anything as long as they claimed to be motivated by a "sincerely held religious belief."
Montana LR 120
Unfortunately, Montana voters approved an anti-choice parental-notification mandate. LR 120 will require physicians to give 48 hours’ notice to a young woman’s parent before she can access abortion services. This measure is so extreme that it provides no exception for rape or incest, which could put some young women in serious danger. We will continue to work with NARAL Pro-Choice Montana to support young women in the state and ensure their access to family-planning services and abortion care.
Florida Amendment 6
In 2012, voters in Florida rejected an amendment that would have eliminated protections in Florida's constitution that guarantee women the right to privacy. Florida voters also voted on a vague and far-reaching measure that could allow employers to deny their employees basic health-insurance coverage.
Upcoming Ballot Measures
In 2014, voters in Tennessee will vote on an amendment that would eliminate protections in Tennessee's constitution that guarantee women the right to privacy.
News & Updates
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it would be the “height of hypocrisy" for the legislature to fail to pass the women's Equality Agenda.
North Dakota's sole abortion clinic is fighting back against a law designed to shut it down.
Anti-choice legislators in North Carolina are moving a bill that would prevent insurance plans in the health-care exchange from covering abortion care.