Sunday, July 17, 2011

Abortion - #3083 - Pro-Life Momentum? States Implement Record Number of Abortion Restrictions - The Blaze

Are the tides of public opinion — and policy — taking a turn when it comes to the politically-flammable issue of abortion? In the United States and across the globe, the issue of willful termination continues to find its way onto legislative agendas. Earlier this month, The Blaze reported on efforts in Poland to ban the procedure entirely and in May, we covered Russia’s abortion crackdown. In the United States — as in other areas of the world — the issue continues to be highly contentious, with state legislatures debating about how best to handle the laws governing it. On Wednesday, the Guttmacher Institute reported that a record number of provisions that relate to reproductive health (162 to be exact) have been enacted in the first six months of 2011. Guttmacher, a left-leaning reproductive rights think tank, writes: Fully 49% of these new laws seek to restrict access to abortion services, a sharp increase from 2010, when 26% of new laws restricted abortion. The 80 abortion restrictions enacted this year are more than double the previous record of 34 abortion restrictions enacted in 2005—and more than triple the 23 enacted in 2010. All of these new provisions were enacted in just 19 states.  Read more........

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