Report Notes 40 Laws Enacted in 15 States That Could Hinder Women's Access to Abortion Care, Reproductive Health Services

July 19, 2012 — U.S. women increasingly face barriers to obtaining reproductive health services as states continue to pass laws restricting access, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Center for Reproductive Rights, Reuters reports.

The report, "2012 At the Midpoint: The Assault Continues," cites nearly 40 laws that have been enacted in 15 states in 2012 that have the potential to restrict women's access to reproductive health care and in some cases approach an outright abortion ban.

Rules in measures passed in Mississippi (HB 1390) and Tennessee (HB 3808) are so burdensome that it would be nearly impossible to comply with them, according to CRR.

"I think the constitutional protection for women's rights to choose is robust," Jordan Goldberg, the center's state advocacy counsel and author of the report, said. He added, "But that isn’t stopping state legislatures from introducing terrible legislation and, increasingly, passing it."

Other states mentioned in the report for their "harmful" laws are Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin (Le Coz, Reuters, 7/18).