Abortion Is Not a Crime

Laws that criminalize abortion presume that the threat of arrest or imprisonment will prevent women from having abortions. The reality is women will always need abortion. But criminal abortion laws do little to reduce the number of abortions—they just make abortion more likely to be unsafe. Ultimately, criminal abortion laws do grave harm to women’s health and hu­man rights and further stigmatize abortion, a safe and common medical procedure. Laws should not be used to scare, shame or imprison a woman for ending a pregnancy.