Abortion restrictions increase at state level in US

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 07 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f98
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Last year 19 US states adopted new legislation restricting access to abortion services, finds an analysis by the Guttmacher Institute, an independent non-profit organization that focuses on sexual and reproductive health policy.1

All told, in 2012 states passed 43 provisions restricting access to abortion. The number was second only to the record breaking total of 92 passed in 2011.

Most of the provisions sought to limit the gestational age at which abortions are allowed, to block coverage of abortion services through the state health insurance exchanges established …

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