The Number Of Abortion Restrictions In US States Is Growing

Despite the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade allowing women the right to have abortions, individual states have imposed their own restrictions. You can still get an abortion in any state, but some states make it much more difficult than other.

Oregon, for example, is the only state left with no restrictions on abortion. Oklahoma on the other hand requires a variety of measures from waiting periods and counseling to parental involvement to its own abortion ban that is unenforceable per federal law.

Elizabeth Nash, a researcher at the Guttmacher Institute, these restrictions are on the rise. In fact, 92 new restrictions were enacted in 2011 and 43 were enacted in 2012, the highest and second-highest number of annual restrictions ever.

Remapping Debate has created a nice visualization of which state currently hold the harshest and most lenient laws on women’s abortion rights.

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