State Lawmakers Focusing on Abortion Bans in 2013, Guttmacher Analysis Finds

April 16, 2013 — State legislators in the first three months of 2013 introduced 694 reproductive health-related measures, including about 347 to restrict abortion, according to an analysis by the Guttmacher Institute, United Press International reports.

The analysis noted that in recent years legislators have focused on regulating abortion, but in 2013 they appear to be focusing on ways to ban abortion outright, such as "personhood" measures that declare life begins at conception or by prohibiting the procedure very early in pregnancy.

According to the analysis, in the first quarter of 2013, lawmakers in 14 states introduced bills aimed at banning abortion before viability. The analysis found that the bans fell into three categories: measures that would ban all abortions; those seeking bans after a specified point in the first trimester of pregnancy and those that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Sex Education Bills

In addition, the analysis noted that at the end of March, two states were on track to enact legislation that would expand access to comprehensive sex education. If enacted, the measures would mark the first time any state has expanded sex education since 2010 (United Press International, 4/13).