How Does Your State Compare?

In 2013 we collected informed consent materials from the twenty-three states (all states that had produced public materials). Most states require that materials include visual and verbal depictions of the “unborn” at two-week increments. States sometimes additionally specified that information on fetal development must include statements regarding the functionality of certain structures such as the heart, brain, lungs or information such as viability estimates and the ability of a fetus to feel pain.

Click on each state in the table below to see the statements our experts rated as ‘medically inaccurate.’ We have also produced an interactive map of states with informed consent materials.

State facts:

  • 37 states have informed consent laws on the books
  • But 8 of these leave the content of information up to the judgement of a medical provider
  • 29 states mandate that state-authored materials be given to women
  • 2 of these states have laws enjoined (Massachusetts and Montana)
  • 1 state had not yet produced materials (Indiana)
  • 3 states did not make their materials public at the time of our research, but were added to our map after publication of our article (Wisconsin, Mississippi and Kentucky)
  • 23 States were included in our research project

State Report Card

Below you will find an overview of ‘medically inaccurate‘ statements in each state’s informed consent to abortion materials, for both the entirety of pregnancy, and for the first trimester.  Click on the headers in this chart to sort.

State Total Statements Inaccurate Statements % of statements that are inaccurate Statements in 1st Trimester Incorrect Statements in 1st Trimester % of statements incorrect in first trimester
Alaska 102 15 14.71% 26 5 19.23%
Wisconsin 130 22 16.92% 31 9 29.03%
Alabama 98 17 17.35% 23 4 17.39%
Georgia 121 21 17.36% 28 7 25.00%
West Virginia 108 19 17.59% 17 4 23.53%
Kentucky 71 13 18.31% 23 5 21.74%
Minnesota 130 25 19.23% 33 12 36.36%
South Carolina 129 25 19.38% 45 10 22.22%
Idaho 167 34 20.36% 42 14 33.33%
Mississippi 68 15 22.06% 13 6 46.15%
Virginia 157 35 22.29% 39 16 41.03%
Utah 69 16 23.19% 30 10 33.33%
Louisiana 127 30 23.62% 36 10 27.78%
North Dakota 127 30 23.62% 31 9 29.03%
South Dakota 127 30 23.62% 31 9 29.03%
Nebraska 101 24 23.76% 26 11 42.31%
Arkansas 96 23 23.96% 22 9 40.91%
Pennsylvania 96 23 23.96% 22 9 40.91%
Missouri 152 39 25.66% 38 15 39.47%
Arizona 100 28 28.00% 28 12 42.86%
Ohio 46 13 28.26% 18 6 33.33%
Oklahoma 131 43 32.82% 41 19 46.34%
Texas 119 41 34.45% 39 19 48.72%
Kansas 106 46 43.40% 46 22 47.83%
Michigan 88 39 44.32% 37 25 67.57%
North Carolina 78 36 46.15% 31 18 58.06%

Find your State on our Interactive Map

States With Informed Consent Materials

States Without Informed Consent Materials

Only the states in orange have mandated and produced written informed consent to abortion materials. White states have no such materials to evaluate. Please note that Kentucky and Mississippi were not included in our recently published article, but have been evaluated since the research for that article was completed.