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Tell Congress to Repeal the Anti-Choice Gag Rule on AmeriCorps

If a woman seeking abortion care goes to a health care center staffed by AmeriCorps volunteers, AmeriCorps volunteers are prevented—by law—from providing full information about her reproductive health care options.

End the House Special Committee Attacking Planned Parenthood

Exposing people involved in fetal tissue research to harassment and intimidation is not just wrong. It's dangerous and irresponsible. Tell Rep. Marsha Blackburn to dismantle her committee attacking women's health.

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Supreme Court Case: Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a case that could redefine abortion access for decades to come. The case, known as Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, is a challenge to Texas' notorious TRAP law, H.B.2. Learn More »

Why are specific laws needed to address violence directed at reproductive-health providers and their patients?

Women and abortion providers’ painful, real-world experiences have shown that general measures prohibiting violence and intimidation do not provide sufficient protection against the unlawful and often violent tactics used by some opponents of choice to harass the patients and staff at health centers. Measures protecting women and providers from violence and intimidation are critical to preserving the right to choose and ensuring that reproductive-health clinics remain operable.

Current State Measures

17 states and the District of Columbia have measures that protect health-care facilities, providers, and/or patients from blockades, harassment, and/or other violence: CA, CO, CT, DC, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NV, NH, NY, NC, OR, WA, WI.

  • 3 of these states have buffer zones that protect patients and clinic personnel from unwanted harassment within specified distances from clinics: CO, MT, NH.
  • 1 state buffer zone is not currently enforced: NH.

2014 Enacted State Legislation

2 states enacted 2 measures protecting health-care facilities, providers, and/or patients from blockades, harassment, and/or other violence: MA: NH.

View a map of all states with Protection Against Clinic Violence.

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