Guttmacher: 2011 saw record number of state-level anti-abortion measures

By | 01.06.12 | 10:13 am

A round-up report for 2011 found that last year was one of the worst for reproductive health and reproductive rights across the country.

The Guttmacher Institute reports that a record-setting “1,100 reproductive health and rights-related provisions” were introduced by state legislators last year. The legislation that was eventually enacted resulted in 92 anti-abortion measures, specifically, in 24 states — Florida among them.

“The 92 new abortion restrictions enacted in 2011,” Guttmacher reports, “shattered the previous record of 34 adopted in 2005.”

Included in the list of common restrictions enacted this past year were: bans, waiting periods, ultrasound laws, insurance coverage bans, clinic regulations and medical abortion restrictions.

Florida enacted both an ultrasound law and an insurance coverage ban for abortions in plans created through the health care reform law. The state also made it onto a list for cutting deeply into the state budget for family-planning services — an investment states make to reduce unwanted pregnancies that can result in abortions.

Already this year, the Florida Legislature has introduced seven anti-abortion/reproductive rights bills for the session starting next week.

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