Wednesday, January 09, 2013

U.S. reproductive rights restrictions in 2011–2012

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Remember how the Tea-Party-backed wave of lawmakers that swept through Congress in 2010 was all about reigning in the government’s powers while focusing so intensely on jobs and spending and whatnot? Yeah, about that

Graph: “Number of State Abortion Restrictions, by Year Enacted” showing extreme increase (92) in 2011 and lower high (43) in 2012 (source:

Reproductive health and rights was once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2012. Over the course of the year, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services. Although this is a sharp decrease from the record-breaking 92 abortion restrictions enacted in 2011, it is the second highest annual number of new abortion restrictions.

Government so small and job-focused, it doesn’t even notice that it’s stumbled into your uterus.

(via Dispatches from the Culture Wars)