In 2015, 46 of 50 states considered passing a total of 396 anti-abortion laws
2015 was not a good year for abortion-rights and it doesn’t look like 2016 will be much better. Last year, 46 of 50 states considered passing a total of 396 anti-abortion laws. Of those 46 states, 17actually passed 57 of those suggested. Of the restrictions passed, there are four main topics that lawmakers are targeting: counseling and mandatory delays, medication abortion, abortion after the first trimester of pregnancy, and targeted regulation of abortion providers.
Here are some of the anti-abortion laws that passed last year alone:
- Florida and Tennessee passed mandatory delay measures
- Arkansas, North Carolina, and Oklahoma lengthened mandatory delays
- Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, and Montana attempted to prevent women from obtaining abortion care via telemedicine
- Arizona and Arkansas adopted legislation that requires doctors to give women seeking abortion false information about the procedure.
- Kansas and Oklahoma enacted legislation that prevents women from obtaining a safe method of abortion after 14 weeks.
- West Virginia and Wisconsin passed legislation that bans abortion beyond 20 weeks.
- Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio, and Oklahoma and Tennessee have enacted TRAP laws (Target Regulation Abortion Provider) which targets clinic closures and have nothing to do with protecting the health of women.
If are a woman who happens to live in Oregon or Maine, consider yourself lucky. In Oregon, women will now be able to obtain birth control pills without visiting a doctor first. And Maine plans on expanding the Medicaid coverage of family planning individuals who earn up to 209% of the federal poverty level.
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