The latest point in pregnancy you can get an abortion in all 50 states

  • The US Supreme Court will take up a case that could jeopardize the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
  • Currently, 43 states restrict most abortions after a certain point of pregnancy. 
  • Here’s the latest point patients can obtain an abortion in all 50 states. 
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In the term beginning in October 2021, the US Supreme Court will hear a key abortion rights case that could jeopardize the protections in Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 court decision in which the court ruled that states cannot ban abortion before the point of fetal viability.

After months of deliberation, the now 6-3 majority-conservative court decided to take up Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, a challenge to Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. The law, passed in 2018, has been blocked from going into effect by two federal courts. 

In taking on this case, the Court will specifically rule on the question of “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on abortion are unconstitutional.”  

Over the past decade, dozens of Republican-controlled state legislators have passed laws to severely restrict or ban abortion before fetal viability. These efforts have been blocked by courts. 

Some legislators have explicitly said that the purpose of these bans is to bring a case before the Supreme Court that could end Roe v. Wade. 

None of these or any previous first-trimester abortion restrictions states have tried to enact, however, have formally gone into effect. Six-week and total abortion bans previously passed by several Republican-controlled states, in addition to 15-week bans like Mississippi’s, have been temporarily or permanently struck down in court.

Here’s where abortion access in America stands as of right now, according to the Guttmacher Institute: