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States Enact Record Number of Abortion Restrictions in First Half of 2011

In the first six months of 2011, states enacted 162 new provisions related to reproductive health and rights.

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State Legislative Trends: Hostility to Abortion Rights Increases

Three topics — insurance coverage of abortion, restriction of abortion after a specific point in gestation and ultrasound requirements — are topping the agenda in several states.

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State Legislative Trends in 2010: Abortion Restrictions Once Again Dominate

Even as state legislators were largely preoccupied by ongoing budget crises in 2010, issues related to reproductive health and rights nonetheless garnered significant legislative attention.

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Shaping Up to Be Another Busy Year: State Legislative Trends on Reproductive Health Issues at Midyear

In the first half of 2010, more than 900 measures related to reproductive health and rights were introduced in the 45 states in which the legislature met. Although legislators continue to grapple with unprecedented budget shortfalls, bills on reproductive health and rights have been the subject of widespread debate and action

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Reproductive and Sexual Health in the States: Two Steps Forward, Several Steps Back

By the end of March, 825 measures had been introduced in the 44 legislatures that have convened so far in 2010.

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Another Busy Year: State Legislative Trends on Reproductive Health and Abortion in 2009

More than 900 measures on reproductive health and rights were introduced in the states and the District of Columbia in 2009, and by year’s end, 77 new laws had been enacted in 34 states and DC. (This is more than twice the 33 new laws enacted in 20 states in 2008.)

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State Trends: Sex Ed, Family Planning and Fetal Personhood Dominate

Although state legislatures are heavily focused on responding to the current economic crisis, numerous bills on reproductive health have also been the subject of debate and action.

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State Trends: Abortion, Personhood, Sex Ed and STIs

With the legislative year well underway, laws to establish fetal personhood, mandating medically accurate sex ed, and treating partners for STIs are on the move.

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Abortion, Contraception, and Sex Ed in the States in 2008

In 2008, a few state legislatures took steps to promote reproductive health, by requiring hospitals to provide information on EC to rape survivors and laying the groundwork for expanding Medicaid family planning coverage.

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State Trends: Ballot Initiatives Take Center Stage

This year, the most significant developments in state-level reproductive health law lie ahead, in the form of ballot initiatives that will come before voters in three states in November.

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