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2012 Saw Second-Highest Number of Abortion Restrictions Ever

January 7, 2013

2012 Saw Second-Highest Number of Abortion Restrictions Ever
Source: Guttmacher Institute

Reproductive health and rights were 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 number of new abortion restrictions passed in a year.

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