Record attacks on women’s reproductive rights

July 20, 2011

 The first half of 2011 has seen record attacks at the state level on women's reproductive rights, according to a new report by the Guttmacher Institute:

In the first six months of 2011, states enacted 162 new provisions related to reproductive health and rights. Fully 49% of these new laws seek to restrict access to abortion services, a sharp increase from 2010, when 26% of new laws restricted abortion. The 80 abortion restrictions enacted this year are more than double the previous record of 34 abortion restrictions enacted in 2005—and more than triple the 23 enacted in 2010. All of these new provisions were enacted in just 19 states.

Click here to read about the 162 new provisions in more detail. To put the above data in perspective, take a look at this graph:

CFI's Office of Public Policy will continue to track this issue and keep you informed about the latest news as it happens. 


#1 Mac (Guest) on Wednesday July 20, 2011 at 1:47pm

Why is “reproductive rights,” which is clearly a framing of an argument, the default position of a skeptic’s information page?

Seems more like an agenda than an argument.

#2 Michael De Dora on Wednesday July 20, 2011 at 4:04pm

Mac, I’m not sure I follow you. Could you restate or expand on your thoughts?

#3 Tradition Of Progress on Thursday July 21, 2011 at 8:56pm

This is stated on the web site:

“The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.”

There is no pretext to be free of any agenda here. 

When viewed using science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values, compulsary pregnancy does not find much support. 

Is “compuslary pregnancy” a “framing argument”?  Is there any way to refer to the subjects of sexuality education, access to abortion, and access to contraceptives that is not “a framing argument”?

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