Abortion Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, which declared abortion to be a constitutional “right,” was without foundation in the text of the Constitution and therefore was wrongly decided. Family Research Council is grateful that this grave error was corrected in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Now, the American people have the opportunity to protect unborn lives through their elected representatives. Family Research Council fights tirelessly to pass laws that protect unborn lives, eliminate taxpayer funding for abortion and abortion providers, and support pregnant women and maternal health.

Featured Resources On Abortion Laws

U.S. Abortion Law in Comparison with the Globe
Roe Must End: The Legal, Historical, and Cultural Reasons to Overturn Roe v. Wade
Fetal Dignity Laws: Respecting the Human Dignity of the Unborn
Prenatal Nondiscrimination Acts: Why They Are Essential
Roe v. Wade: An Explainer
The Holding of Roe v. Wade Was Never In Line with American Attitudes on Abortion
California's Campus Abortion Mandate is Bad Model Legislation
Title X Rule Changes Protect the Unborn and Increase Health Care Options
Prohibiting Trafficking of Baby Body Parts and Federal Funding for Fetal Tissue Research from Induced Abortions
Preparing for a Post-Roe America: The History and Context of Pro-Life Laws in the States

Current Bills in the States

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade ruled that abortion is protected under the U.S. Constitution. The Court reaffirmed this decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992. Full Protections for the Unborn counter these flawed decisions by banning abortion at all stages, recognizing that all unborn children deserve protection, not just those at a particular stage of development.

As of yet, American laws have not recognized the unborn as full human beings possessing the right to life. Roe and Casey prevent states from consistently protecting unborn life in all circumstances. This is why these decisions must be overturned. Full Protections for the Unborn are what’s necessary to put Roe and Casey to rest once and for all. Until then, the laws of the United States will not fully recognize the humanity of the unborn and be consistent with the inescapable truth that life begins at conception.

Scroll through the list below to see Full Protections for the Unborn introduced across the United States this year.

If your state has an external link, click to take action and send a letter to your state legislators!

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Modern medical technology can detect genetic characteristics and diagnose many disabilities in the womb. Unfortunately, these scientific advancements have increased the potential for abortions that are motivated by bias against an unborn child’s race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, and/or disability. Studies indicate that babies prenatally diagnosed with a disability are the most common victims of discriminatory abortions.

State legislators across the country are becoming increasingly aware of this problem and are introducing Prenatal Nondiscrimination Acts (PRENDA’s) to protect children from discriminatory abortions. These laws prohibit abortions sought solely due to the unborn child's race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, and/or diagnosis of a disability.

Scroll through the list below to see PRENDA’s introduced in the United States this year.

If your state has an external link, click to take action and send a letter to your state legislators!

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