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States Continue to Enact Abortion Restrictions in First Half of 2014, But at a Lower Level Than in the Previous Three Years

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So far this year, 13 states have adopted 21 new restrictions designed to limit access to abortion, about half the number (41) of similar restrictions that had been enacted by this point last year.

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National Right to Life Director Admits Pregnancy Is Riskier Than Abortion

Mary Spaulding Balch, state legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee, speaking at a Roe v. Wade anniversary press conference in 2009.

At last weekend’s National Right to Life Committee’s convention, Mary Spaulding Balch criticized the legislative strategy used by other anti-choice groups to pass 20-week abortion bans by claiming the procedure is dangerous to women. The proper approach, she said, is to base the argument around the unborn.

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Legal Wrap: More States Pass Early Abortion Bans as Federal Courts Continue to Block Them

A decision from Arkansas reinforces fetal viability as a constitutional bright line for abortion restrictions, even as more early abortion bans pass in the states.

A decision from Arkansas reinforces fetal viability as a constitutional bright line for abortion restrictions, even as more early abortion bans pass in the states.

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Federal Court Strikes Arkansas 12-Week Abortion Ban

The decision strikes one of the most restrictive anti-abortion measures in the country but leaves in place other components of the law.

The decision strikes one of the most restrictive anti-abortion measures in the country but leaves in place other components of the law.

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In 20-Week Abortion Ban, West Virginia Lawmakers Relied on Discredited Doctor

Dr. Byron Calhoun

As West Virginia’s governor considers whether to sign that state’s new 20-week abortion ban, he might also consider how the work of discredited doctor Byron Calhoun influenced the bill’s passage.

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