The 2012 presidential campaign and the fights for the House and Senate were filled with talk of “legitimate rape,” reproductive rights, and a “war on women.” But now that the campaigns are over, the legislating is just beginning—and in 2013, women in states across the country will face even more new restrictions on abortion.
2011 was a huge year for anti-abortion legislation, with 92 new restrictions passing in states around the country. Although anti-choice legislatures haven’t been as prolific in 2012, they’ve still managed to pass 43 new laws that make it harder for women to get an abortion, according to a tally by the Guttmacher Institute, a leading abortion rights group. (Read more…) A number of regulations from state agencies have also started going into effect, further reducing access in some states.
“They are relentless in their efforts to ultimately overturn Roe v. Wade,” NARAL President Nancy Keenan told Mother Jones, noting that 21 states have legislatures and governors that oppose abortion rights. “It’s tough to stop anything when the entire government is controlled by anti-choice politicians. In those 21 states, it’s going to be heart-breaking to watch what they’re going to advance the next legislative cycle.”
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