It’s understandable to be confused about the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June 2022. After all, a number of states’ abortion laws changed, and women were left wondering whether they could access abortion.
It is important to note that abortion is legal in certain states, so you’ll need to research restrictions in your state if you have any questions or are thinking about your pregnancy options. Continue reading to learn more about which states have determined that abortion is legal.
States That Allow Legal Abortion or Have Abortion Protections
The states that either have abortion protections in place or allow for legal abortion are:
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island
Many of these states have abortion protections in place, but some allow abortion due to the makeup of the state government (i.e., Democratic governor or Democratic-controlled legislature).
States In Which Abortion is Illegal
There are some states in which abortion is illegal. This is often because of total or near-total abortion bans, many of which occurred after the Supreme Court decision:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
What Do I Need to Know About Texas?
It is important to stay informed on the happenings in your state. As abortion is banned in Texas, with exceptions for when the mother’s life is in danger, women cannot access this procedure. They can, however, receive an abortion in another state. Those seeking treatment for miscarriages and ectopic pregnancy can continue to do so; they will receive the medical care they need.
Texas residents must pay out-of-pocket for abortion costs as the state does not allow private or public insurance plans to cover them. Medicaid only covers abortions in cases of rape, incest, or life-threatening conditions.
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