Earlier this week, the Guttmacher Institute released its midyear report on state legislative trends relating to reproductive rights. A detailed look at all ninety-five new provisions enacted across the country can be found here, but for now, here are some notable points:
- Attempts to legislate abortion continue, although at a slower pace than was seen this time last year (39 new restrictions have been enacted so far in 2012, versus the 80 that were passed in the first half of 2011). However, these 39 restrictions – fourteen of which were enacted in just three states – represent a higher number than in any previous year except 2011.
- Over half of American women, 55%, live in a state considered hostile to abortion rights.