Guttmacher: Record-setting number of anti-abortion measures introduced in 2011
The Guttmacher Institute reports that a record-setting “1,100 reproductive health and rights-related provisions” were introduced by state legislators nationwide in 2011. The legislation that was eventually enacted resulted in 92 anti-abortion measures, specifically, in 24 states.
“The 92 new abortion restrictions enacted in 2011,” Guttmacher reports, “shattered the previous record of 34 adopted in 2005.”
Included in the list of common restrictions enacted this past year were: bans, waiting periods, ultrasound laws, insurance coverage bans, clinic regulations and medical abortion restrictions.
Florida, among the 24 states where the majority of the anti-abortion measures were enacted, passed both an ultrasound law and an insurance-coverage ban for abortions in plans created through the health care reform law. The state also made it onto a list for cutting deeply into the state budget for family-planning services — an investment states make to reduce unwanted pregnancies that can result in abortions.
Already this year, the Florida Legislature has introduced seven anti-abortion/reproductive rights bills for the session starting next week.
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Funny how they didn’t seem to mention that it is sonethimg everyone should get behind. Doesn’t this sort of exclusionitory statements hurt the more then it helps?It wouldn’t hurt to get guys behind it too. One thing I keep hearing is how lucky I am that I’m a man becuase it’s more likely that I’ll get into some position or authority, or sonethimg like that (not just you cuz! my female friends out here say the same thing to me).Heart of the matter is; men are in power (for what the media keeps telling) so why not try to get them on your side?This isn’t so much a comment to you but a comment to the orginization.I know a number of guys who regularily support abortion and many other womens rights. And I have to say they are regularily insulted by being left out of your call to arms. Only to be ridiculed regularily by their peers for their support of your cuase, and don’t even get the benifit of the commraderier of your group.I think this is the central cuase for the polarization on the topic.Men bash women, women bash men, regarless of who is supporting who. On a large scale this has become less about securing future rights and more about a clique.As a man who supports many feminist cuases, such as abortion, I recieve a lot of ridicule anywhere from my religious groups to my friends to my family to my work place. Add on to the fact that in any discussion there appears to be some female ready to take out all her past problems on me, completely forgeting that I am here to help simply by nodding my head and speaking out when their rights are infringed upon.If I didn’t care about freedom so much what side of the fence does anyone think I would have hopped to already?