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More Abortion Restrictions Were Enacted From 2011 to 2013 Than in the Entire Previous Decade

Twenty-two states enacted 70 abortion restrictions during 2013. This makes 2013 second only to 2011 in the number of new abortion restrictions enacted in a single year.

In 2013, 39 states enacted 141 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. Half of these new provisions, 70 in 22 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.

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State Legislative Trends in Reproductive Health Law and Policy: Mid-Year 2012 Analysis

In the first half of 2012, states enacted 95 new provisions related to reproductive health and rights. As was the case in 2011, issues related to abortion, family planning funding and sex education once again were significant flashpoints in many legislatures .

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State Policy Trends: Abortion and Contraception in the Crosshairs

Photo by Scott Emlquist, Style Weekly.

So far, 75 abortion restrictions have been approved by at least one legislative chamber, and nine have been enacted. Here’s a breakdown of the measures that legislators are focused on this year.

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Roundup: Around the World In 20 Minutes

Today we look abroad to see how women in other countries are doing. And in our mini roundup we take one more look at the bishops, and one good nun.

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Guttmacher Report Cites Increases in Contraceptive Use, Reductions in Unintended Pregnancies and Abortions…and More Work To Do

More women and men have access to and are using contraception throughout the world, reports the Guttmacher Institute, contributing to a decrease in the number of unintended pregnancies and, in turn, a decline in the number of abortions, from 45.5 million procedures in 1995 to 41.6 million in 2003.

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