A decision about having a baby or having an abortion is a deeply personal, private decision best left to a woman, her family, and her doctor. Yet some politicians remain obsessed with interfering.
Abortion is one of the most common medical procedures performed today, and it’s incredibly safe. But laws that make it difficult if not impossible for a woman to get an abortion if she needs one, particularly if she is poor, are increasing at an alarming pace. Since 2011, states have enacted more restrictions to abortion than they did in the previous 10 years combined. Extremist politicians continue to work to shut down women’s health centers, cut off access to affordable birth control, and shame women who have abortions.
Lousiana's current laws place medically-unnecessary restrictions on doctors and clinics who provide abortion care. This has led to the closure of all but three clinics in the entire state.
We strive to ensure that every woman has the opportunity to make a real decision and the ability to get the care she needs. With your help, the ACLU stands ready to block efforts to take this decision away from women and their families.
By the Numbers
- 99%Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed today. It’s 99 percent safe, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
- More than halfMore than half of states are hostile to abortion rights, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Only 13 states are supportive.
- 1 in 3Nearly 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in her lifetime. Six out of every 10 women who have abortions are already mothers.