In the wake of Roe being overturned, state legislators have rushed to both restrict and expand abortion, creating a patchwork of access across the nation. Click here to track the status of these actions.Understanding Pregnancy Criminalization, Self-Managed Abortion, and the Role of State Legislatures
Join National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, and Maryland Delegate Nicole Williams for a timely conversation about the criminalization of pregnancy and abortion, including self-managed abortion.
National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) has provided legal defense and strategic advocacy on behalf of people criminalized because of their pregnancies and pregnancy outcomes for over 20 years.
If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice works to transform the law and policy landscape through advocacy, support, and organizing. If/When/How runs the Repro Legal Defense Fund and the Repro Legal Helpline.
Del. Nicole Williams (she/her) represents Maryland’s 22nd district. She introduced The Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022 to establish that civil or criminal charges can’t be pursued against people who experience miscarriages, stillbirths or who use abortion services.
Access full slideset here.Video Explainer: Ectopic Pregnancy vs. Induced Abortion
Since Roe has been overturned, we’ve heard questions from legislators about the impact of abortion restrictions on pregnancy management, particularly on ectopic pregnancies.
In this video, Divya Jain from Physicians for Reproductive Health explains the difference between an ectopic pregnancy and induced abortion.
Bottom line: the legal implications of ectopic pregnancy and abortion are very different. Treatment of an ectopic pregnancy is legally permissible. Abortion bans do not and should not prevent the treatment of ectopic pregnancies, even in states that have banned abortion.
Read More: Ectopic Pregnancy vs. Abortion Fact SheetCriminal Abortion Bans in Texas- Policy Brief
Policy brief, published after the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, outlining Texas criminal abortion bans and their impact on abortion access in the state.
- List of criminal laws
- Application and impact of criminal laws
- Travel distance to out of state abortion care