Abortion has been legal throughout the United States since the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973. Abortion can be performed surgically or with medication and is one of the safest medical procedures available in this country. One in three US women will obtain an abortion by the time she is forty-five. More than sixty percent of abortions are to women who already have children.
Because we believe that it is better when a pregnant person can make this personal medical decision for herself, the Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP) worked for over 25 years to support every person, regardless of income or location, to make the decision that is right for her and to enable her to access safe, affordable abortion care should she need it.
Unfortunately, politicians at both the state and federal levels have sought to undermine a person’s ability to make her own decisions by enacting onerous restrictions on abortion care. From mandatory waiting periods to unnecessary and costly ultrasound mandates, those seeking an abortion are subjected to restrictions not imposed on any other legal medical procedure.
Such restrictions fall most heavily on low-income and other marginalized communities who have historically been cut off from access to a range of quality medical care by making it more time-consuming and expensive to obtain abortion care. For instance, waiting periods can increase the cost of travel, childcare, or days absent from work. In addition, such obstacles can delay a person obtaining care, pushing her later into pregnancy when a procedure may be more complicated and costly.