One in four women in the U.S. will have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old. They are women of a range of ages, races, and religions, and from diverse backgrounds and communities. Despite what sets them apart, they have one thing in common: they are frequently subject to laws that restrict their access to abortion care.
When a woman has decided to have an abortion, she should be able to access safe, legal, affordable, supportive care.
But since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, states have enacted at least 1,271 medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion access, causing widespread clinic closures and significant barriers to care. This has disproportionately impacted women of color, immigrant women, low-income women, and women in rural communities. Other barriers – such as lack of insurance coverage, distance to the nearest providers, or cultural or language differences – also impede a woman’s ability to get an abortion at a clinic or from a health care provider.
If a woman is not able to get abortion care at a clinic or from a medical provider, history shows that she will find a way.