Number of State Antiabortion Bills Down Slightly From This Time Last Year, Guttmacher Reports

April 16, 2012 — At least 75 bills restricting abortion rights have passed at least one state legislative chamber in the first three months of 2012, according to a report released Friday by the Guttmacher Institute, the Washington Times reports. According to the report, nine of the bills had become law as of April 1.

Guttmacher said that while the number of bills is down from a record of 127 this time last year, it is "still higher than usual for an election year."

The report noted that the most common types of bills are so-called "fetal pain" bills that ban abortion after about 20 weeks of gestation, legislation requiring women to receive an ultrasound prior to an abortion, and bills limiting medication abortion or webcam consultations.

The report was issued the day after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks. A similar measure is before Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) (Wetzstein, Washington Times, 4/15).