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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
02.22.2021  /   webmaster
The American Bar Association has adopted a resolution against criminalization of people for self-managed abortion or for any pregnancy outcome — marking an historic move forward for efforts to decriminalize our reproductive lives.... 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
05.4.2020  /   webmaster
The Judicial Bypass Wiki is built to connect the dots between the law, medical care, and the court system for young people, advocates, and providers.... Read more
04.2.2020  /   webmaster
We’re working overtime to ready our legal resources and recruit more lawyers to help us protect people who self-manage their abortions from unjust policing and prosecution.... Read more
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12.3.2019  /   webmaster
If/When/How, along with advocates, researchers, and health care providers, told the Supreme Court that justices must understand the imminent legal threats against people who self-manage their abortions as they consider the unconstitutional Louisiana law intended to shutter abortion providers.... Read more
04.24.2019  /   webmaster
By Kebé, Program Coordinator, and Rebecca Wang, J.D., Legal Fellow

We do not ask about anyone’s immigration status, and any information we receive is kept confidential. Here's how it works.... Read more