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.