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 March analysis by the National Partnership for Women & Families showed that 70 percent of the 353 abortion restrictions that were pending in just the first two months of 2016 were based on lies about abortion and the trusted health care professionals who provide abortion care or lies about women who decide to have an abortion.

A recent analysis by the National Partnership and Preterm of abortion restrictions introduced in Ohio in 2016 found that as of June 6, 2016, 85 percent of the abortion restrictions pending in the Ohio legislature are based on those lies.

Stop the Lies. Get the Facts.


Anti-abortion politicians lie about abortion safety to pass laws that restrict access and close down trusted health care clinics.


Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures in the United States.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, and American Academy of Pediatrics all agree: “Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed in the United States.”

Abortion has a 99 percent safety record, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Planned Parenthood.

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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%

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