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22 States Curb Access To Abortion In 2013

Posted by on Jan. 4, 2014 at 9:53 PM
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22 States Curb Access To Abortion In 2013

The Texas legislature was among 22 nationally that passed restrictions last year to curtail abortions — often, as happened in Austin in July, amid fervent debate.
Tamir Kalifa/AP

The year 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

It also marked another year of success for those who would restrict or even outlaw the procedure.

Guttmacher Institute

While much national attention was focused on efforts to restrict abortion in Texas, a new study from the Guttmacher Institute reports that as many as 22 states enacted 70 provisions aimed at curbing access to abortion. That makes 2013 second only to 2011 in the number of abortion restrictions enacted in a single year, according to the think tank for reproductive rights.

To put the recent trend in some perspective: The 205 abortion restrictions enacted between 2011 and 2013 were more than the 189 enacted during the entire previous decade (2001 to 2010).

More than half of the restrictions passed in 2013 fell into one of four categories:

  • Regulations aimed at closing down abortion clinics by imposing restrictions that go beyond those required to protect patient safety. One such rule forces clinics to meet standards that were designed for hospitals or outpatient surgery centers that do more advanced techniques; another requires doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges.
  • Limits on insurance coverage of abortion, particularly within the new health exchanges that have been set up to sell coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Bans on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Limits on abortions that rely on pills rather than surgery.

The Guttmacher report also notes a marked geographic shift in the number of states considered "hostile" to abortion rights, which the institute defines as a region that has at least four major types of abortion restrictions. In 2000, the institute counted 13 "hostile" states (home to 31 percent of the nation's women). In 2013, as many as 56 percent of all U.S. women found themselves living in one of the 27 states considered "hostile" to abortion rights.

From the perspective of abortion rights groups, about the only bright spot in the report was a new California law that expands access to abortion by allowing medical professionals other than physicians to perform the procedure.

National Woman's Party


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LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Jan. 4, 2014 at 9:54 PM
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Morons.

Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Jan. 4, 2014 at 9:59 PM
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Go California!
..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Jan. 4, 2014 at 10:17 PM
That is a damn shame.
lga1965
by on Jan. 4, 2014 at 10:34 PM
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I think my state is one of them.
:-(
I'm still pro choice because I'm not going to pretend I have the right to tell anyone what to do.
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Goodwoman614
by Satan on Jan. 5, 2014 at 4:56 AM
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Let's not be like the proverbial lobsters in the pot of water.

Take action. At the very least, sign up for action alerts by submitting an email address to Planned Parenthood, etc. Donate money if you can.

We can not go back.

candlegal
by Judy on Jan. 5, 2014 at 6:29 AM
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Thank God

momtoscott
by Platinum Member on Jan. 5, 2014 at 7:03 AM

:(

coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Jan. 5, 2014 at 8:06 AM
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If women's uteruses are the #1 problem facing these states, then we should celebrate...clearly there is no economic struggle, no problems with ACA, no homeless peope, no unemployment, schools are flourishing, bad guys don't have guns. Clearly these states are in perfect shape since their governments don't need to spend time on any other issue besides abortion.
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candlegal
by Judy on Jan. 5, 2014 at 8:22 AM
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So many people keep saying that we all have the right to have healthcare.     Well the right to life is even more important.

Quoting coolmommy2x: If women's uteruses are the #1 problem facing these states, then we should celebrate...clearly there is no economic struggle, no problems with ACA, no homeless peope, no unemployment, schools are flourishing, bad guys don't have guns. Clearly these states are in perfect shape since their governments don't need to spend time on any other issue besides abortion.


coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Jan. 5, 2014 at 8:37 AM
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What about the other issues I mentioned? Are they not worth fixing or are those issues solved?

Quoting candlegal:

So many people keep saying that we all have the right to have healthcare.     Well the right to life is even more important.

Quoting coolmommy2x: If women's uteruses are the #1 problem facing these states, then we should celebrate...clearly there is no economic struggle, no problems with ACA, no homeless peope, no unemployment, schools are flourishing, bad guys don't have guns. Clearly these states are in perfect shape since their governments don't need to spend time on any other issue besides abortion.


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