America States With Laws Against Abortion Before 22 Weeks  

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America's view on abortion is deeply divided and abortion restrictions by state illustrate as much. While there are no places where abortion is illegal in the United States, some states do adopt stringent laws that make performing the procedure more difficult. Whether or not there should be a cut-off point for terminating a pregnancy remains a fraught, sensitive topic that has sparked both impassioned political debate and new laws. States with the strictest abortion restrictions often ban abortion before 22 weeks. 
 

Those who fall on the pro-choice side believe banning abortion this early limits a woman's right to take the time she needs to decide whether she wants to carry a pregnancy to term. However, pro-life Americans believe a fetus can feel pain later in the pregnancy, making abortion a medically unethical procedure. Regardless of your perspective, state abortion laws are important. They have a major impact on how late abortions can be performed in the United States. With an increasing number of states opting for stricter laws, the states below could change women's healthcare nationwide. 

Passed: The six week ban passed in February 2018.Requirements: This bill bans all abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. A fetal heartbeat is typically detectable at six weeks.Source

Passed: The 20 week ban passed in March 2011.Restrictions: The bill bans abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization due to studies that indicate a fetus can feel pain at this point. The bill allows abortion ...

Passed: The 20 week ban passed in January 2013Requirements: This bill bans all abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization. However, it allows abortion if the mother is at risk of death or irreversible damage to a major ...

Passed: The 20 week ban passed in February 2012.Requirements: This bill bans abortion after what it calls the "probable gestational age" of 20 weeks. The bill does allow abortions for medically ...

Passed: The 20 week ban passed in January 2011.Requirements: This bill is an omnibus abortion bill that covers funding restrictions for Planned Parenthood and overall changes to the healthcare system in regards to ...

Passed: The 20 week ban passed in January 2017.Requirements: This bill prohibits anyone from performing or inducing abortions 20 weeks after fertilization. Abortions are only allowed in the case of a medical emergency and the ...

Passed: The 20 week ban passed in May 2011.Requirements: This bill prohibits any abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization. However, it does allow abortions for medically futile pregnancies or to "avert the ...

Passed: The 20 week ban passed in January 2010.Requirements: This bill prohibits abortion 20 weeks after fertilization. However, it does allow abortion to prevent the death of the mother or to "avert serious risk of ...

Passed: The 20 week ban passed in January 2013.Requirements: This bill prohibits all abortion 20 weeks after fertilization unless there is a medical emergency that puts the mother at risk of death or irreversible damage to ...

Passed: The 20 week ban passed in May 2015. Requirements: This bill prohibits all abortion after the post-fertilization age of 20 weeks. However, it does allow abortion after 20 weeks if the mother is at risk of death or ...

Passed: The 20 week ban passed in February 2011.Requirements: This bill bans all abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization. Abortion after 20 weeks is only allowed if the mother is at risk of death or irreversible damage to a ...

Passed: The 20 week ban passed in December 2016.Requirements: This bill bans all abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization unless the mother is at risk of death or irreversible damage to a major bodily function. Abortions ...

Passed: The 20 week ban passed in January 2017.Requirements: This bill bans all abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization unless the mother is at risk for death or irreversible damage to a major organ or major bodily ...

Passed: The 20 Week Ban was passed in June 2013. Requirements: The bill is an omnibus bill. In addition to banning abortion after 20 weeks, it restricts access to medication abortion and outlines requirements for ...

Passed: The 20 week ban was passed in May 2015.Requirements: This bill prohibits abortions unless the physician has first determined the likely post-fertilization age. If the post-fertilization age is 20 weeks or more, ...