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NARAL Pro-Choice Washington advocates for every woman’s right to access the full range of reproductive options, including safe, legal abortion care. In addition we support efforts to prevent unintended pregnancy and reduce the need for abortion.
In 1973, the Supreme Court guaranteed American women the right to choose abortion in its landmark decision Roe v. Wade. In Roe, the Court issued a compromise between the state's ability to restrict abortion and a woman's right to choose.
Since 1973, the anti-choice movement has worked to restrict abortion rights and at the same time to limit access to abortion care. Most recently, the Supreme Court upheld the Federal Abortion Ban of 2003. (The case, Gonzalez v. Carhart,undermines the Roe decision by eliminating the requirement that abortion restrictions contain exceptions to protect the pregnant women’s health.) Below you can learn more about this case, as well as other attempts by anti-choice politicians to chip away at abortion laws by instituting parental notification laws, waiting periods for abortion care, biased counseling requirements, and RU-486 or Mifepristone, the FDA-approved option for early non-surgical abortion.