The Circuit Court System

The US is divided into 12 regional circuits, each of which has its own federal appeals court (or circuit court of appeal). Decisions made by judges on these courts apply to all of the states contained in their respective circuits. And because so few cases are accepted for further review by the Supreme Court, it is likely that some appeals court rulings -- on issues including reproductive choice -- will be the last word, at least for the states covered by the circuit court making the decision.

Select your state and learn more about the status of reproductive freedom in your circuit.

The Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court is the highest of the federal courts and has the final word on appeals from the federal circuit courts.