Friday, January 06, 2012

Revised chart of enacted anti-abortion measures by year

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The research arm of Planned Parenthood, the Guttmacher Institute, has released an updated version of last year’s chart showing the number of enacted anti-abortion provisions per year, with an increase from last July’s 80 to 92 by the end of 2011:

Graph: “Enacted Abortion Restrictions By Year” (2011 = 92)

By almost any measure, issues related to reproductive health and rights at the state level received unprecedented attention in 2011. In the 50 states combined, legislators introduced more than 1,100 reproductive health and rights-related provisions, a sharp increase from the 950 introduced in 2010. By year’s end, 135 of these provisions had been enacted in 36 states, an increase from the 89 enacted in 2010 and the 77 enacted in 2009. (Note: This analysis refers to reproductive health and rights-related “provisions,” rather than bills or laws, since bills introduced and eventually enacted in the states contain multiple relevant provisions.)

Fully 68% of these new provisions—92 in 24 states—-restrict access to abortion services, a striking increase from last year, when 26% of new provisions restricted abortion. The 92 new abortion restrictions enacted in 2011 shattered the previous record of 34 adopted in 2005.

Now there’s one record not to be proud of. Unless you’re a power-hungry woman-hating Republican, of course, in which case, major kudos on this record-breaking victory against women’s reproductive rights.

(via Joe. My. God.)