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Abortion Advertising Restrictions


About this dataset:

Many states regulate the advertisement for abortion services by prohibiting individuals from advertising abortion-inducing medication and posting notice of abortion services. Although the U.S. Supreme Court held that this type of restriction infringed on First Amendment rights in Bigelow v. Virginia (1975), some states still have abortion advertising restrictions in their laws.

This dataset explores abortion regulations in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia in effect between December 1, 2018, and November 1, 2022, as well as case law and attorney general opinions that affect the enforceability of these laws.

This dataset is a part of a suite of 17 datasets created by the Center for Public Health Law Research in collaboration with subject matter experts from Resources for Abortion Delivery (RAD), Guttmacher Institute, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), National Abortion Federation (NAF), and Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), who conceptualized and developed the Abortion Law Project. If you need broader contextual information on state laws and policies, national level information, or data and evidence related to abortion and other reproductive health issues, please contact the Guttmacher Institute at

Disclaimer: The information contained herein does not constitute legal advice. If you have questions regarding your legal rights or obligations, contact an attorney. If you are an abortion provider seeking legal compliance guidance, the following collaborating organizations may be able to assist you: ACLU, CRR, PPFA (for affiliated health centers), NAF, and Regulatory Assistance for Abortion Providers (a project of RAD).

Dataset Created by
Center for Public Health Law Research

Dataset Maintained by
Center for Public Health Law Research

Dataset Valid From
December 1, 2018

Dataset Updated Through
November 1, 2022

Total Jurisdictions Covered

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Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research (2022, November 1). Abortion Advertising Restrictions.

Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research (November 1, 2022). “Abortion Advertising Restrictions”.
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