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The U.S. states with the most restrictive abortion laws - Sort by:
The U.S. states with the most restrictive abortion laws
Alabama has banned nearly all abortions, creating exceptions only to protect the mother's health. Legislation to restrict abortion rights has been introduced this year in 16 states, four of whose governors have signed bills banning abortion if an embryonic heartbeat can be detected. Here are the states with the country's most restrictive abortion laws, based on gestational age or fetal development.
USA-ABORTION/ALABAMA
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15 May. 2019
Alabama has banned nearly all abortions, creating exceptions... more
USA-ABORTION/ALABAMA
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15 May. 2019
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Alabama has banned nearly all abortions, creating exceptions only to protect the mother's health. The bill was signed by the state's Republican governor, Kay Ivey, who is a strong opponent of abortion. Legislation to restrict abortion rights has been introduced this year in 16 states, four of whose governors have signed bills banning abortion if an embryonic heartbeat can be detected. Embryonic cardiac activity can be detected as early as six weeks, before a woman may be aware she is pregnant.

Anti-abortion advocates know any laws they pass are certain to be challenged. Courts this year have blocked a restrictive Kentucky law and another in Iowa passed last year. But supporters of the Alabama ban said the right to life of the fetus transcends other rights, an idea they would like tested at the Supreme Court. The high court, now with a majority of conservative justices after Republican President Donald Trump appointed two, could possibly overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision establishing a woman's right to an abortion.

While challenges to state bans on certain abortion procedures and abortion access remain on appeal in the federal courts, the most recent bans have been based on gestational age. Here are the states with the country's most restrictive abortion laws, based on gestational age or fetal development.

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ALABAMA-GOVERNOR/
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10 Apr. 2017
ALABAMA: Alabama outlawed nearly all abortions, even... more
USA-GUNS/NRA
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2 Apr. 2013
ARKANSAS: In March 2019, Republican Arkansas Governor... more
USA-ABORTION/GEORGIA
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7 May. 2019
GEORGIA: Georgia became the fourth U.S. state this... more
USA-CAMPAIGN/ROMNEY
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15 May. 2012
IOWA: A state judge permanently struck down Iowa's... more
USA-ABORTION/
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22 Jul. 2017
KENTUCKY: Kentucky has also passed a law banning abortions... more
LOUISIANA GOVERNOR
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12 Jan. 2004
LOUISIANA: A ban on abortions after 15 weeks became... more
MILKEN-CONFERENCE/
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29 Apr. 2019
MISSISSIPPI: Republican Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant... more
MISSOURI-LAWSUIT/FOSTER
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12 Jun. 2017
MISSOURI: The state's Republican-controlled Senate... more
USA-ELECTION/ELECTORIAL COLLEGE
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19 Dec. 2016
NORTH CAROLINA: A federal judge ruled in March 2019... more
USA-POLITICS/ABORTION
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11 Jul. 2013
NORTH DAKOTA: The state legislature approved a six-week... more
USA-TRUMP/
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5 Nov. 2018
OHIO: The state's Republican-controlled legislature... more
USA/
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28 Jan. 2014
UTAH: A law banning most abortions after 18 weeks,... more
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