Our Latest Updates – Archive

Number of Abortions Performed Largely the Same across Countries, Regardless of Legality
10/24/2022 -

In a 2022 report, the World Health Organization and the Guttmacher Institute found that between 36 to 47 abortions were performed per 1,000 women (ages 15-49) yearly in countries where abortion is broadly legal. In countries where abortion is banned, between 31 and 51 abortions were performed per 1,000 women (ages 15-49) yearly.

Department of Veterans Affairs Announces Abortion Policy
9/8/2022 -

On Sep. 1, 2022, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced an interim final rule that the VA would provide abortions to veterans and VA beneficiaries in some cases, regardless of state laws. Abortions will be available if the life or health of the pregnant person is in danger and in cases of rape and incest.

Federal Judge Blocks Idaho Ban on Emergency Abortions
8/25/2022 -

The following day, Aug. 24, 2022, US District Judge B. Lynn Winmill blocked an Idaho ban on emergency abortions. Winmill wrote the court was tasked with determining “whether Idaho’s criminal abortion statute conflicts with a small but important corner of federal legislation. It does.” The conflict between the Aug. 23 ruling and the Aug. 24 ruling could send abortion rights back to the US Supreme Court.

Federal Judge Halts HHS Federal Emergency Abortion Guidance
8/24/2022 -

On Aug. 23, 2022, US District Court Judge James Wesley Hendrix ruled that the HHS guidance about the EMTALA was “unauthorized.”

Biden Admin Issues Clarifying Guidance for Pharmacists Filling Drugs That May End a Pregnancy
7/14/2022 -

On July 13 2022, the Biden Administration issued clarifying guidance with examples of when pharmacies that receive federal assistance (including via Medicare and Medicaid payments) are not allowed to refuse to fill prescriptions for drugs that may end a pregnancy lest they violate federal civil rights laws. 

HHS Confirms Federal Law Preempts State Laws Restricting Access to Emergency Abortions
7/12/2022 -

In guidance issued by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on July 11, 2022, the Biden Administration “reaffirmed that it [the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA)] protects providers when offering legally-mandated, life- or health-saving abortion services in emergency situations” and that, in emergency situations, “this federal law preempts state law restricting access to abortion in emergency situations.” 

Biden Signs Reproductive Health Care Executive Order
7/11/2022 -

On July 8, 2022, President Joe Biden signed “Executive Order on Protecting Access to Reproductive Healthcare Services.” The order directs Health and Human Services (HHS) to submit a report within 30 days on what actions HHS is taking to protect access to abortion and other reproductive services; states HHS will expand access to emergency contraception and long-acting reversible contraception as well as education about abortion; directs HHS to update physician responsibilities and protections guidance under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act; establishes an interagency reproductive health care access task force; collects private pro bono lawyers and organizations to provide legal representation to those seeking and providing abortions; directs the Federal Trade Commission and HHS to consider taking steps to protect patient privacy; and providing safety to those seeking and providing abortions.

US Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade
6/24/2022 -

On June 24, 2022, the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in a 6-3 decision, eliminating the federal constitutional right to abortion.

Majority of Americans Identify as Pro-Choice & Are Opposed to Overturning Roe v. Wade
6/2/2022 -

A June 2, 2022 Gallup poll found 58% of Americans are opposed to overturning Roe v. Wade, and 55% of Americans identified as “pro-choice.”

UPDATED: Should Abortion Be Legal?
5/23/2022 -

Explore new and updated arguments, history, and other resources.

US Supreme Court Leaked Draft Ruling Indicates Court Will Overturn Roe v. Wade
5/3/2022 -

A first draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito indicated the court would overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The final opinion, which could be different than the leak, is not due to be published by the Supreme Court until late June 2022.

FDA Allows Abortion Pills to Be Dispensed without In-Person Visit
12/17/2021 -

On Dec. 16, 2021, the FDA permanently lifted the in-person requirements for mifepristone, which will be available via telemedicine appointments and the mail. However, telemedicine appointments for abortions were banned in 19 states and six states had bans on mailing the pills in place at the time of the decision.

Polling Finds Broad Support for Roe v. Wade
9/22/2021 -

A Sep. 22, 2021 Marquette Law School survey found 20% were in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade, 50% were opposed, and 29% said they didn’t have enough information. Two other surveys support the findings.

Texas Enacts New 6-Week Abortion Ban
9/8/2021 -

On Sep. 1, 2021, the most restrictive “fetal heartbeat” law to date went into effect in Texas after the US Supreme Court refused in a 5-4 vote to block the law. The law bars abortions after six weeks, has no exceptions for rape or incest, and has only a narrow exception for the health of the mother. Further, the law bars state officials from enforcing the law, instead deputizing private citizens who may bring a $10,000 lawsuit (plus legal fees) against anyone they suspect of performing or “aiding and abetting” an abortion, making the law more difficult to challenge in court.

48% of Americans Think Abortion Should Be Legal “Only under Certain Circumstances”
6/9/2021 -

A June 2021 Gallup poll found 47% of Americans believed abortion to be morally acceptable, while 46% believed it not to be. 48% thought abortion should be legal “only under certain circumstances,” 32% “under any circumstances,” and 19% “illegal in all circumstances.”

Biden Revokes Mexico City Rule
1/28/2021 -

The policy restricted all non-governmental organizations funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) from performing or promoting abortion services and has been reinstated by all Republican presidents and revoked by all Democratic presidents since Reagan implemented it in 1984.

Requiring In-Person Visits for Abortion Pills during Pandemic Ruled Unconstitutional
7/15/2020 -

The ruling allows healthcare providers nationwide to mail mifepristone for the duration of the pandemic.

Supreme Court Strikes down Louisiana Abortion Law
6/29/2020 -

The law required admitting privileges similar to a Texas law the Supreme Court struck down in 2016.

Abortion Bans during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic
4/9/2020 -

At least seven states have enacted de facto abortion bans by listing abortion as a non-essential medical procedure. The bans in most states were struck down by federal judges, while the ban in Texas was upheld.

Should Abortion Be Legal?
1/23/2020 -

This week marks the 47th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, as well as the 47th annual March for Life. Read pro and con quotes arguing for and against legal abortion.

Religious Views on the Legalization of Abortion
11/18/2019 -

Find the views of 18 churches from Buddhism to Judaism to the Southern Baptist Convention the on whether abortion should be a legal option.

Abortion Pills Access to Be Required on California Public University Campuses
10/18/2019 -

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 24 on Oct. 11, 2019. Under the new law, the University of California (UC) and California State University systems, which encompass 737,328 students, will be required to provide access to medical abortion pills on all campuses beginning in Jan. 2023.

Abortion Rates Lowest since Roe v. Wade
9/20/2019 -

According to a Sep. 2019 Guttmacher Institute study, abortion rates have dropped about 7% since 2014 and are at the lowest rate since 1973 when abortion was legalized.

NEW ProCon.org Website! – 2020 Presidential Election: The Candidates and Where They Stand on the Issues
8/29/2019 -

Learn about the presidential candidates’ views on important issues, compare them with a side-by-side chart, find your best match with a fun quiz, track their finances, and so much more on our 2020 Presidential Election website. The New York Times called our previous presidential election site “The most comprehensive tool for researching the candidate’s stance on issues.” Check back monthly for expanded issue coverage.

New ProCon.org Website! – Should Birth Control Pills Be Available Over-the-Counter?
2/21/2019 -

Our new topic explores the pros and cons in the debate over making birth control pills available over-the-counter (OTC). 9.1 million women (12.6% of contraceptive users) use birth control pills, which are the second-most commonly used method of contraception in the United States. Proponents say making the birth control pill available over-the-counter would lower teen pregnancy rates, provide contraceptive access to medically underserved women, and ease access to a health-improving drug with decades of safe use. Opponents say making the Pill over-the-counter would raise the cost of contraception for women, pose a danger to teens’ and women’s health by removing the doctor’s visit requirement, and limit what options are made available.

Our new website presents the top pro & con arguments and quotes, a history of the debate, a video gallery, the prescription status of birth control pills around the world, and a list of drugs switched from prescription to OTC status.

Researcher Wanted at Educational Nonprofit ProCon.org
1/17/2019 -

ProCon.org, a Los Angeles-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity,
seeks an in-house Researcher (full-time with benefits or part-time
without benefits) to develop content for websites devoted to a
nonpartisan in-depth presentation of 70+ controversial issues. Three
items are required for application, as specified in the job notice.

50 Lesson Plan Ideas Using ProCon.org
7/16/2018 -

We’re excited to announce 50 free lesson plan ideas for educators! Visit our Teachers’ Corner for inspiration, including lessons plans about distinguishing fact from opinion, how to write a “call-to-action” letter, and content from our partner Credo Reference.

Abortion: Background of the Issue
7/2/2018 -

Did you know that, in 2018, 51% of Americans consider themselves to be pro-choice? Or that 39% of US women live in counties that do not provide abortion services? Read the updated background on our abortion site for more information.

Should Abortion Be Legal?
5/17/2017 -

Delve into this controversial issue with pro and con quotes from Hillary Clinton (Pro), 43rd US President George W. Bush (Con), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (Pro), and Democrats for Life of America (Con), among many other experts and organizations.