Shocking Chart Reveals Precipitous Increase in State Abortion Restrictions

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January 2, 2014; Washington Post

Anyone watching the reproductive rights field over the last year knows that the battleground has been largely in the states, but now we have a graphic exhibition of how true that is. NPQ has covered this in several newswires over the past year, as seen here and here. Using information compiled at the Guttmacher Institute, the Washington Post’s “WonkBlog” published a chart yesterday revealing the sharp increase over the past three years in state-based restrictions on abortions. In fact, more restrictions were added over that period than in the entire previous decade.

According to this data, in 2013, 70 laws aimed at tightening abortion laws were passed in 22 states, making that year second only to 2011 in terms of new abortion restrictions. In fact, as many of these restrictive measures were passed in the last three years as were passed in the entire decade before that.

 —Ruth McCambridge



  • Brenda Harris

    As it should be.

  • Coco Bedoncourt

    This is alarming, especially considering that there is no similar rise in the efforts to reduce the unwanted pregnancies which lead to abortions in the first place. More advanced and earlier sex education would help in this regard.

    Can someone suggest how an active citizen can help to stop and reverse this alarming trend of eroding reproductive rights?

  • Josh

    I wonder what the difference would be if you added a comparison with healthcare facilities in General — would there be a noticeable difference?

  • Josh

    Yet somehow, despite all the regulations,the Gosnell horror still happened.
    Are the regulations being enforced?

  • Denise Olczak

    And the killing horror of murdering innocernt children still continues, despite the best efforts of those that realize that a baby is a baby regardless if it head is in or out of the womb.