More Abortion Restrictions Enacted in Last Three Years Than Previous Decade, Guttmacher Study Finds

January 3, 2014 — States enacted more antiabortion-rights laws from 2011 through 2013 than they did in the entire previous decade, according to a new Guttmacher Institute study, the Washington Post's "The Fix" reports.

The study found that 22 states passed 70 total antiabortion-rights laws in 2013, accounting for almost half of all reproductive health-related laws passed nationwide (Sullivan, "The Fix," Washington Post, 1/2).

A total of 205 abortion restrictions were enacted in the past three years. By comparison, 189 restrictions were passed from 2001 to 2010, and no more than 40 abortion restrictions were enacted yearly from 1985 to 2010. However, there have been more than 40 new abortion-rights restrictions in each year since then.

State by State Data

According to The Hill's "Healthwatch," Arkansas, North Dakota and Texas were at the forefront of the trend, each passing laws to lower the gestational limit for abortions.

The study found that four states passed laws requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, while five states passed laws mandating that abortion clinics meet certain structural standards. The study also noted that seven states passed laws barring the administration of medication abortions via telemedicine (Neff, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 1/2).