26: Number Of Abortion Restrictions States Enacted In 2011

The Wall Street Journal reports that with Republicans controlling 25 state legislatures — the most in at least five decades — lawmakers enacted at least 26 abortion restrictions in 2011:

Interestingly, the passage of the Affordable Care Act not only helped sweep more Republicans into power, but it also re-opened the entire abortion debate. As Center for American Progress’ Jessica Arons observed earlier this year, the state rush to enact anti-abortion legislation is “a predictable outcome of the Nelson language in the health reform bill.” “It reignited the abortion wars in the states.” “Nelson opened the door for them to legislate away private insurance coverage of abortion and the states are walking right through. This is no longer about public funding for abortion (and in fact, it never really was); this is about making abortion impossible to obtain for women of all means.”