Abortion Ban

Last Updated: 8/25/2020

Understanding Terminology

There are a lot of acronyms when it comes to legislature so we wanted to break down a few of the terms into understandable chunks so you can fully understand your state's stance on abortion and the ban of.

LMP: LMP stands for Last Menstrual Period. This is when your pregnancy is calculated from. An average pregnancy lasts 40 weeks from this exact point.

Postfertilization: the beginning of pregnancy calculated from the date of conception; 20 weeks postfertilization is equal to 22 weeks LMP.

Postimplantation: The beginning of pregnancy calculated from the date of embryo implantation; 24 weeks postimplantation is equal to 27 weeks LMP.

Viability: The point at which a fetus can sustain survival outside the womb.

State Bans on Abortion

There are 20 states that ban abortion at viability. These states are:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

There are 4 states that ban abortion 24 weeks after LMP. These states are:

  • Florida
  • Nevada
  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania

There are 17 states that ban abortion 22 weeks after LMP. These states are:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

What's On This Page:
  • Terminology
  • State Bans on Abortion
  • Useful Links


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