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How State Attorneys General Can Protect Abortion Rights

How State Attorneys General Can Protect Abortion Rights

As some states seek to criminalize abortion within their borders, attorneys general can take many actions to ensure access to abortion care in at least some states.

Abortion continues to be essential health care despite the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Every elected official must do their utmost to support abortion access and protect the health and freedoms of those whom they represent. Most abortion patients are already mothers, and denying them care by criminalizing their doctors and even their loved ones can have dramatic repercussions—ranging from poor health to poor economic outcomes—not only for them but for their children as well.

As some states seek to outlaw abortion within their own borders, and attempt to control what happens across state lines, attorneys general are poised to play a significant role in the current post-Roe world. Recognizing this, many attorneys general have already committed to protecting abortion rights, as well as the people seeking, providing, or helping others secure care.

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Maggie Jo Buchanan

Former Senior Director and Senior Legal Fellow, Women’s Initiative

Elyssa Spitzer

Former Legal Fellow


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