A September 24 New York Times editorial entitled, “Where abortion rights are disappearing,” lamented the “spate” of new pro-life laws passed by state legislators “concocting new schemes” to make abortion go away.
Yadda yadda. What interested me about the piece was a map and chart included by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute.
The amount of movement forward by the nationwide pro-life community is quite impressive. About the map, quoting NYT (love their descriptors)…
States shown in the darkest shade have enacted five of the most harmful restrictions: mandatory waiting periods; demeaning “counseling” sessions lacking a real medical justification; parental consent or notification laws that pose a particular hardship for teenagers from troubled homes, including incest victims; needlessly onerous clinic “safety” rules governing such things as the width of hallways and the amount of storage space for janitorial supplies; and prohibitions on abortion coverage in insurance policies. States in lighter shades have fewer of these restrictions. Twenty-seven states have enacted three or more of these laws, while only 12 states, shown in white, have none.
It appears our work is most cut out for us in the Northeast and West. I’m surprised by Montana. What don’t I know about that state?
About the volume of laws passed, according to NYT:
Sixty-one such laws were enacted during just the first eight months of this year — nearly triple the number in all of 2010, and more than double the previous record of 28 set in 1997. Although some of this year’s statutes have already been preliminarily enjoined by courts as unconstitutional, others will be left to stand as constraints on women’s reproductive freedom.