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laws intended to curtail abortion
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other restrictive laws

United States

  • Ohio enacted a law in February 2011 mandating use of FDA-approved protocol for mifepristone, which is used with misoprostol for medication abortion, requiring its use for abortion to run counter to the best medical practices. In March 2016, the FDA-protocol was updated to include proper administration for use in abortions, effectively lifting the Ohio restrictions for now.
  • Texas passed a law in 2013 that restricted abortion services, resulting in a 13% decline in abortions in Texas in the 6 months after the first portions of the law went into effect. Almost half of the state's clinics had closed by April 2014.
  • Utah: In May 2012, Utah implemented a waiting period of 72 business hours between the initial clinic visit, where they receive mandated information, and a second visit where they actually obtain their abortion. This makes abortion especially difficult for poor women, who may struggle to get the necessary time off from work for even one visit, especially if travel is required.
  • Wisconsin: Since mid-2013, Wisconsin abortion providers have been legally required to display and describe pre-abortion ultrasound images. This has caused a statistically significant but small increase in decisions not to abort after initially seeking an abortion.
    • 2017-07-26 PLOS One: Evaluating the impact of a mandatory pre-abortion ultrasound viewing law: A mixed methods study[1] «This law caused an increase in viewing rates and a statistically significant but small increase in continuing pregnancy rates. However, the majority of women were certain of their abortion decision and the law did not change their decision. Other factors were more significant in women’s decision-making, suggesting evaluations of restrictive laws should take account of the broader social environment.»