Outpatient later abortion services (22+ weeks)
and restrictions, September 2013
(Services available in the absence of maternal or fetal indicators)
No outpatient services after 22 weeks Up to 22 weeks/6 days Up to 23 weeks/6 days Up to 24 weeks/6 days Up to 26 weeks After 26 weeks
X Ban on ALL later abortions except to save life of mother. The number following the X in each case indicates the number of weeks of gestation after which the ban applies.
* There is an injunction on Georgia’s 20-week ban.
A comparison with the 2010 map below shows the dramatic decline in services between 2010 and 2013. Map is current as of September 23, 2013.
Outpatient later abortion services (22+ weeks), February 2010 (Services available in the absence of maternal or fetal indicators)
No outpatient services after 22 weeks Up to 23 weeks/6 days Up to 24 weeks/6 days Up to 26 weeks After 26 weeks
Notes: This map reflects advertised services; some clinics go later for fetal anomalies and/or at the discretion of a physician on a case-by-case basis. Washington DC, not reflected on the map, has services to 26 weeks. Map is current as of February 27, 2010.
A note on terminology and “late-term abortion”:
The terminology used to discuss abortions after the first trimester varies enormously. There is no agreement in the law or in the medical community about what constitutes the limit of the second trimester, for example. In scholarly journals, these abortions are variously referred to as “mid-trimester abortion,” “second-trimester abortion” (which is used to describe abortions up to 24 weeks or up to 27 weeks, depending on the writer or the state law) and late abortion. Within the mainstream media, the phrase “late-term abortion” is often used in articles about abortion policy and advocacy. These competing terms do not provide accurate clinical descriptions or contribute to public knowledge about abortion care and the differences at various stages of gestation. It is for this reason that we do not use the phrase “late-term abortion” here, and recommend against its use. Instead, we use and recommend the phrase “later abortion” to identify any pregnancy termination after 17 weeks of gestational age.