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.
By almost any measure, 2011 saw unprecedented attention to issues related to reproductive health and rights at the state level. In all 50 states, legislators introduced more than 1,100 reproductive health and rights-related provisions, a sharp increase from the 950 introduced in 2010.
The exercise of conscience in health care is generally considered synonymous with refusal to participate in contested medical services, especially abortion. This depiction neglects the fact that the provision of abortion care is also conscience-based.
Legislators introduced more than 1,100 provisions last year that chip away at women's reproductive rights, according to a new Guttmacher Institute report, and enacted 135 of them by year's end. By contrast, 89 of these provisions were enacted in 2010, 77 in 2009, and only 34 in 2005 under George W. Bush.
"By all accounts, 2011 was a watershed year for challenges to women's reproductive rights. State legislators introduced more than 1,100 anti-abortion provisions and had enacted 135 of them by year's end." Laura Bassett, Huffington Post. Click on the graph to enlarge it.
A new record of over 1,100 anti-abortion provisions includes a sharp increase in provisions that actually restrict access to abortion. While a similar set of circumstances has taken place on this date for the past 8 years, the character of the actions has changed this year.
Many women need access to abortion care in the second trimester. Most of this care is provided by a small number of specialty clinics, which are increasingly targeted by regulations including bans on so-called partial birth abortion and requirements that the clinic qualify as an ambulatory surgical center.
All of a sudden, one of the year's easiest bills is likely to be derailed by the GOP's insistence on an unnecessary culture-war provision.
To compare the prevalence and characteristics of facility laws governing abortion provision specifically (targeted regulation of abortion providers [TRAP] laws); office-based surgeries, procedures, sedation or anesthesia (office interventions) generally (OBS laws); and other procedures specifically. Methods.
There are many barriers to abortion provision with respect to both obtaining abortion care and providing abortion services. Health care providers should be aware of the barriers women may face when seeking comprehensive reproductive health services.