The Widening Gap in Abortion Laws in the US
Dan Keating, Lauren Tierney, Tim Meko, Danielle Rindler, The Washington Post
Alabama has created the nation’s strictest abortion ban, the latest attempt to prompt the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade. Gov. Kay Ivey, R, signed the bill that makes performing virtually all abortions a crime. Many other states have passed laws this year to limit abortion or even try to ban it altogether in the hope that the Supreme Court with President Donald Trump’s two appointees will be more likely to approve them. Most of the new restrictions are in the South and Midwest.
In contrast, New York removed old restrictions and affirmed access to abortion. Vermont approved the first step to amend its constitution to protect abortion rights. The recent laws fit the trend over the past two decades of tightening restrictions where abortions were already most limited. That trend is increasing the gap between abortion rights in different regions of the country. The map below depicts where abortion is currently most protected and restricted as measured by the Guttmacher Institute, a group working for abortion rights