Lawmakers Consider Over 900 Reproductive Health Measures This Year

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So far this year, 944 measures related to reproductive health have been introduced in 45 state legislatures, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Half of those bills would restrict abortion access. According to Guttmacher’s analysis, 75 abortion restrictions have passed at least one legislative chamber, and nine have been enacted into law. Eleven states have considered provisions requiring women to obtain an ultrasound before having an abortion, while 14 states have seen legislation to restrict the time period when women can obtain an abortion. During the first three months of last year, a record 127 abortion restrictions passed at least one chamber of a state legislature, but the analysis notes the current level is high for an election year; in 2008, only 34 bills had passed at least one chamber after the first three months.

-Zachary Bernstein