Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 17, 2019

One way states regulate abortion access is through a patchwork of restrictions on government funding of abortion services. These can include broad restrictions on any funds passing through state agencies, bans on the use of government facilities for abortion or participation by government employees in the providing abortion services, and restrictions on Medicaid funding of abortion, among others. Under current federal policy, states are required to use state Medicaid funds for abortion services in the limited circumstances of life endangerment, rape, or incest.

The Medicaid restrictions captured in this dataset are based on statutes and regulations that explicitly regulate the use of Medicaid funds for abortion services, rather than laws that broadly restrict the use of public funds for abortion services. The laws captured in this dataset may differ from policies included in state Medicaid policy manuals, which are outside the scope of this dataset.

This dataset explores laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia that address reporting requirements for abortion providers in effect as of December 1, 2018, as well as case law and attorney general opinions that affect the enforceability of these laws.

This map was created as part of the Abortion Law Project, a collaboration between the Policy Surveillance Program, Guttmacher Institute, Resources for Abortion Delivery (RAD), American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Reproductive Rights, National Abortion Federation, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.