Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Abortion is the most highly regulated procedure in the United States. While Roe v. Wade ensured the right to obtain an abortion at the federal level, state legislatures have passed a broad patchwork of laws that address various elements of the procedure, access to the procedure, insurance coverage, advertising and funding.

The Abortion Law Project created a comprehensive suite of datasets covering 12 different types of abortion regulations: Abortion Advertising Restrictions, Abortion Bans, Abortion Provider Qualifications, Abortion Reporting Requirements, Abortion Requirements for Minors, Abortion Waiting Period Requirements, Medication Abortion Requirements, Protecting Access to Abortion Clinics, Refusal to Perform Abortions, Restrictions on Insurance Coverage of Abortion, Restrictions on Public Funding of Abortion, and Statutory and Constitutional Right to Abortion. This dataset provides a general overview of these 12 regulatory areas within each state, and includes laws, case law, and attorney general opinions in effect as of December 1, 2018.

This dataset, and those created as part of the Abortion Law Project, were created by the Policy Surveillance Program of the Center for Public Health Law Research in collaboration with subject matter experts from the Guttmacher Institute, Resources for Abortion Delivery (RAD), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), National Abortion Federation (NAF), and Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).