Turning Lies into Laws

Across the country, politicians are using lies about abortion to pass laws that make it more difficult or even impossible for women to access abortion care. According to the Guttmacher Institute:

  • States have enacted more than 1,000 abortion restrictions since 1973 when abortion became legal in the United States.
  • Of these abortion restrictions, 288 have been enacted since the beginning of 2011.
  • In 2015, 396 abortion restrictions were introduced in 46 states and 57 were enacted.

A new analysis from the National Partnership for Women & Families shows that of the 353 abortion restrictions that have been introduced in just the first two months of 2016, 251 restrictions in 37 states are based on lies:

  • 150 of the restrictions are based on lies about abortion and the trusted health care professionals who provide abortion care.
  • 101 of the restrictions are based on lies about women who decide to have an abortion.

Stop Turning Lies Into Laws

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Abortion opponents lie about abortion safety


"Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed in the United States," according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Osteopathic Association and American Academy of Pediatrics.

Abortion opponents lie about the physical health impact of abortion


The American Cancer Society has stated that there is no link between abortion care and breast cancer.

Abortion opponents lie about how women feel after abortion


The American Psychological Association has debunked claims that abortion causes depression. In fact, a large, nationwide study found that over 95 percent of women who had an abortion felt it was the right decision, both immediately afterward and three years later.

Abortion opponents lie about women who decide on abortion


In a nationally representative survey, 92 percent of women reported they had made up their mind to have an abortion prior to making an appointment, yet anti-abortion politicians impose medically unnecessary delays and mandated ultrasounds based on the lie that women have not thought through the decision.

Abortion opponents lie about abortion providers


Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers, or TRAP laws, are promoted based on lies about abortion providers and abortion safety. In truth, these laws "are contrary to accepted medical practice and are not based on scientific evidence. In fact, [they] impede women’s access to such care by imposing unjustified and medically unnecessary burdens on providers," according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Association, and other leading medical groups.

Get Lies Out of the Exam Room

A large majority of people agree that when politicians turn lies into laws, it's bad medicine and bad policy. A 2016 nationwide survey conducted by the National Institute for Reproductive Health asked voters about their views on abortion policy.

Think of a woman who has decided to have an abortion. How would you want that experience to be? Would you want it to be...

Informed by medically accurate information 94%
Safe 93%
Respectful of her decision 82%
Legal 76%
Supportive 75%
Without pressure 73%
Affordable 72%
Available in her community 72%

Polling by PerryUndem commissioned by the National Institute for Reproductive Health, 2016

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