A couple weeks ago, I posted an update from the Guttmacher Institute that detailed this year’s record onslaught of state legislation restricting access to reproductive health care. The numbers were depressing:
In the first six months of 2011, states enacted 162 new provisions related to reproductive health and rights. Fully 49 percent of these new laws seek to restrict access to abortion services, a sharp increase from 2010, when 26 percent of new laws restricted abortion. The 80 abortion restrictions enacted this year are more than double the previous record of 34 abortion restrictions enacted in 2005—and more than triple the 23 enacted in 2010. All of these new provisions were enacted in just 19 states.
Now, the Center for Reproductive Rights has issued an excellent new report, entitled “2011 at the Midpoint: The State of Reproductive Rights,” which goes into more detail about these measures. The Center’s report is no less depressing than the one from Guttmacher:
The Center is now carrying the largest active caseload in its history. In the past six months we have filed lawsuits in three different states targeting some of the most heinous laws enacted this session—and these are just some of the worst among similar anti-choice legislation coast to coast.
You can read a primer and download the full report here.