At the government level, the Hyde Amendment and the ban on government abortions limit access to abortions nationwide. Attacks on Government standards on access to abortion include a 20-week ban.
Learn about state contraceptives and abortion restrictions here – and read to understand abortions and restrictions at the state level.
The Hyde amendment withheld the government’s Medicaid funding for abortion nationwide, with very little exception. It is a disturbing and unjustified barrier to the insurance coverage of millions of low-income people, and is a political example that hinders access to safe and legal abortions.
Federal Abortion Act
On April 18, 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in our favor. It supported the country’s first law banning abortion procedures and gave politicians a green light to interfere with people’s decisions on reproductive health care. Contraception prohibits abortion in the second trimester of pregnancy which doctors say is usually the safest and best way to protect the health of the pregnant woman.
This provincial abortion limit applies to more patients who need a second abortion and to the doctors who care for them: The Supreme Court decision has left more than 30 years that put patients’ health first when it comes to laws restricting access to abortion. We must stand up to politicians who want to limit the power of Americans to make their own health care decisions in consultation with their doctors.
Prohibition of 20 Church Countries and Government
For years, politicians who have fought against abortion have been protesting against an unconstitutional 20-week ban on abortions.
Meanwhile, the 20-week ban has forced people into serious and painful situations – some need to terminate a pregnancy for serious health reasons, but fail to do so.
Politics has no place in preventing doctors and other health professionals from informing patients of all forms of health care, and doctors should not be blamed for providing constitutionally protected care.
While most abortions in the U.S. occur in the first trimester, it is important that patients and their physicians have all the available treatment options available. Rules prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy will take a deep personal decision in the hands of the patient and his or her doctor.
Countries have abortions and restrictions
Efforts to limit and prevent abortion at the state level are part of an ongoing effort to deny people the right to make their own medical decisions. Laws restricting access to abortions endanger people’s health and endanger their safety.
Prohibition of abortion and restrictions vary from country to country, but they are all part of an ongoing effort to ban abortion altogether in the United States. Unprecedented and dangerous attacks on government legislatures include:
- Limiting the coverage of abortion insurance – then, it removes the complete insurance that most people currently have
- TRAP rules, which are restrictions on abortion providers
- Prohibition of abortion, including an unconstitutional ban on certain weeks of pregnancy and a ban on abortion that is not provided
- Compulsory ultrasound, waiting times (up to 3 days), and discriminatory pre-abortion counseling – all of which can add a lot to the provider.
- Steps called “personality”
You can stay up-to-date on government bans – including restrictions on your country – using the Abortion Access Tool.
Fighting National and Government Restrictions
As government politicians around the world succeed in curbing the spread of abortions, real people are paying the price – especially low-income people, who may not have the resources to drive long distances, arrange accommodation, and jump on all the other conflicting clusters – abortion laws deny them.
Planned Parenthood is committed to helping people avoid unintended pregnancies, but it is possible. For anyone dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, immediate access to safe, legal abortions is essential.
Planned Parenthood knows the only way to reduce the need for abortion is to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies. The real solution is to increase – not decrease – access to sex education and affordable birth control.