Updated Sept. 3, 2021
Abortion is still legal in the United States. Abortion has been legal in all 50 states since 1973, when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of abortion rights in Roe v. Wade.
However, across the country, there are different rules in different states about abortion. While abortion is technically legal, it can sometimes be hard to access, and rules like waiting periods and mandatory counseling can make it more difficult to get an abortion.
It can also be harder to find a nurse or doctor who will give you an abortion after your 12th week of pregnancy, so it’s best to try to have your abortion as soon as possible. You can get an abortion later than 24 weeks only in rare cases for medical reasons.
On Sept. 1, 2021, a new, extreme law went into effect in the state of Texas that bans abortion around 6 weeks of pregnancy — before many people even know they're pregnant. Read more about the Texas Abortion Ban.
If you or someone you know wants to have an abortion, help is available. Your nearest Planned Parenthood health center can go over your options and give you all the information you need.
Our number one goal is taking care of our patients, and no matter what happens, we will continue to do that.
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