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5 Charts That Show The Bleak State Of Abortion Rights

CREDIT: AP Photo, Desiree Hunter

Today marks 43 years since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in its landmark Roe v. Wade decision — but the fight to protect a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion isn’t over yet.

Since the 1973 decision, state lawmakers have pushed (and successfully enacted) thousands of restrictions undermining this right. The majority of these bills have been enacted in the past five years — and a recent swell of opposition has again placed abortion access onto the Supreme Court’s chopping block this year.

More than 40 years after the procedure was formally legalized, these graphics show that the right to an abortion is on shaky ground in the United States.

1. Since 1995, states have introduced a steadily increasing number of anti-abortion measures, according to a recent NARAL Pro-Choice America report.

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CREDIT: NARAL Pro-Choice America

2. According to the Guttmacher Institute, the number of state-level abortion restrictions has skyrocketed over the past few years.

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CREDIT: Guttmacher Institute

3. The majority of these measures have been concentrated in a dozen conservative states.

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CREDIT: Guttmacher Institute

4. And the diversity of tactics lawmakers use to undercut women’s access to an abortion has grown.

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CREDIT: Guttmacher Institute

5. The Population Institute’s 2015 annual report card on the country’s state of reproductive health gave nineteen states a failing grade, and the overall U.S. grade fell from a C to a D+.

“Inflamed by heavily edited videos attacking Planned Parenthood, the hostility to reproductive health and rights has reached a fever pitch in the past year,” said the organization’s president, Robert Walker, after the report’s release. “There has been an avalanche of legislation — both proposed and enacted — to restrict clinic access and reduce funding for Planned Parenthood and other family planning providers.”

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CREDIT: Population Institute