State legislatures write choice-related laws that have a huge impact on women’s health and lives. Some states have great pro-choice laws. But in other states, anti-choice politicians are intruding on our private health decisions.
Report on Reproductive Freedom in the States
Our annual report, Who Decides? The Status of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States, takes a closer look at choice-related laws in each state.
2014 Elections at a Glance
Before the 2014 elections, there were already more anti-choice governors than pro-choice ones. Now the gap is even wider. See the election results >>
Do voters ever decide on issues related to a woman's right to choose? In many states, the answer is yes. Anti-choice groups put measures on the ballot to advance their agenda. Sometimes there are also pro-choice ballot measures.
Colorado Amendment 67
Colorado voters rejected ballot measure Amendment 67, once more refusing the sponsors' attempt to lay the groundwork for an abortion ban. Read our full statement with NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado.
Illinois Pro-Choice Birth Control Referendum
The Illinois legislature put a question on the November ballot regarding prescription birth-control coverage. Voters said yes! While non-binding, this affirms that the majority of Illinois voters support requiring any health-insurance plan that covers prescription drugs to also cover prescription birth control.
North Dakota "Personhood" Measure
Voters in North Dakota defeated Ballot Measure 1, an amendment stating that a fertilized egg has an "inalienable right to life." While "personhood" proposals have appeared on the ballot in several states, they have all failed. Read our full statement.
Tennessee Anti-Choice Constitutional Amendment
An anti-choice measure passed in Tennessee. It repeals a woman’s right to privacy and significantly expands the power of elected officials in the state to restrict abortion rights. The legislature now has the power to repeal any measure that protects abortion rights. That's not all. If Roe v. Wade were ever overturned, the Tennessee Supreme Court would have no authority to keep abortion legal in the state.
News & Updates
Texas legislators prevented Planned Parenthood from providing health care to low-income women using Medicaid. A new study examines the profound effects of that decision.
This attack on Planned Parenthood could have potentially devastating implications for public health funding.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue lays out the case for why we must "urgently examine the cultural, economic and political strides women have made and why access to abortion has made much of that possible."