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Protesters march for the right to abortions after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade (Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo)

Access to abortion remains a patchwork of state-by-state policies after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, with abortion restricted across much of the Southern United States. In the six months that followed the ruling, there were an estimated 43,410 fewer legal abortions in states that had bans, according to a recent survey.

New restrictions are continuing to take effect, with Republican-led legislatures pushing to enact bans in some states that have become abortion havens. In April, Florida passed a six-week ban, which will outlaw most abortions in the country’s third most populous state. More restrictions in other states are almost certainly on the way.

States we’re watching in 2023

Many states will consider multiple pieces of antiabortion legislation this session. We’ve listed those we’ll be watching most closely.

Wyoming- Wyoming lawmakers passed a second near-total abortion ban in March, after an earlier ban was blocked by the courts. The latest version of the near-total ban was also temporarily blocked.

North Dakota- The near-total ban triggered by the fall of Roe v. Wade is currently blocked by the courts, but Republican lawmakers moved quickly to pass an additional near-total ban in 2023 that they hope will withstand court challenges.

Florida- Florida Republicans approved a ban after roughly six weeks of pregnancy. The bill will take effect 30 days after one of a few scenarios occurs — most likely, 30 days after the state Supreme Court issues a decision on the constitutionality of the 15-week ban that is already in effect.

Discover which of our 50 states still offer legal access to abortion in the original article.

Read about how abortion bans disproportionately affect women of color here.

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