abortion restrictions enacted at midyear for 2007 through 2013

If you’re having trouble keeping up with the assault on abortion rights across the states, you’re not alone.

While we’ve been hearing a lot out of Texas, and some from North Carolina and Ohio, many other states have enacted regulations restricting access to healthcare.

These include obstacles such as requirements for hospital admitting privileges for providers, bans on medication abortions by telemedicine and abortion after 20 weeks, and biased counseling laws — requiring, as an example, that women be provided with information falsely linking abortion to breast cancer.

Other new laws, such as restrictions on circle of relatives planning funding, have further affected women’s access to reproductive health products and services.

How bad is it? According to up to date information from the Guttmacher Institute, states enacted 106 provisions related to reproductive health and rights in the first six months of 2013 alone. This includes 43 restrictions on access to abortion — the second one-highest number ever at the mid-year mark, and as many as were enacted in all of 2012.

Guttmacher points out a glimmer of sunshine as well: Among the a lot of restrictions, some states saw new laws to expand comprehensive sex education, make STI remedy of partners easier, and increase access to emergency contraception for women who have been sexually assaulted.

Rachel Maddow this week looked at the overall have an effect on of state-by-state anti-abortion laws, showing how states under Republican keep an eye on since the 2011 elections are restricting access. Maddow also provides more information on one of the vital individual states.

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