Blog

Pink and lavender gradient grainy background graphic highlighting a key finding from If/When/How's recently released research on abortion criminalization in the U.S. In the upper right corner is the If/When/How logo. In the center is dark crimson text that reads, "Mapping abortion criminalization." Below is a United States map with states where people have been criminalized for abortion highlighted in dark red. The state are California, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Iow, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, D.C., Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts. Below in crimson text is elaboration on the finding: From 2000 to 2020, If/When/How identified 61 cases of people criminally investigated or arrested for allegedly ending their own pregnancy or helping someone else do so..
08.9.2022  /   If/When/How Staff
61 people have been criminalized for self-managed abortion in the last twenty years. New research from If/When/How shows what the future of abortion criminalization could look like.... Read more
06.9.2021  /   webmaster
“The Repro Legal Defense Fund is here to get people out of jail,” said Rafa Kidvai, J.D., If/When/How Legal Defense Fund Director. “By ensuring people can pay for a strong legal defense, we are closer to getting charges dropped and cases won. Whether someone self-manages an abortion because they were unable to access clinical care, or because it was the care that felt right for them, no one should be punished for ending their own pregnancy, or helping someone else do so.”... Read more
06.29.2020  /   webmaster
By Yveka Pierre, Esq., If/When/How Litigation Counsel, Farah Diaz-Tello, J.D., If/When/How Senior Counsel, and Sara L. Ainsworth, J.D., If/When/How Senior Legal and Policy Director

We continue to demand an end to state violence, and fight criminalization in all its forms, from policing to surveillance to criminal punishment of people and communities for self-managed abortion.... Read more