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:
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