States have enacted greater than 100 abortion restrictions this yr in what has turn into essentially the most restrictive yr for abortion entry since Roe v. Wade, a brand new evaluation discovered.
Because the landmark case in 1973 established a proper to an abortion previous to fetal viability, states have applied greater than 1,300 abortion restrictions, 44% of which have occured within the final decade alone. This yr, for the primary time, states put in place greater than 100 abortion restrictions in a single yr, in line with the analysis from the Guttmacher Institute, after surpassing the earlier file of 89 restrictions set in 2011.
Maybe most notable among the many file yr’s abortion restrictions is Texas’ ban on abortions after six weeks of being pregnant, which took impact Sept. 1 and has in current weeks incited a “whole-of-government effort” from the Biden administration. Final month, the Division of Justice filed a lawsuit towards the state of Texas over the ban, which, in line with the evaluation, is the one ban on abortion earlier than 20 weeks to enter impact since 1973.
Though the Lone Star State’s abortion ban would be the most restrictive within the nation, 5 different states have enacted extra restrictions this yr, the evaluation notes. Arkansas has put in place essentially the most restrictions to abortion entry this yr, in line with the evaluation, adopted by Oklahoma, Indiana, Montana and South Dakota. A complete of 19 states account for all 106 legal guidelines handed, together with 12 abortion bans, the evaluation says.
In December, the Supreme Court docket will hear oral arguments on a Mississippi ban on abortions 15 weeks into being pregnant, which advocates have stated is in path opposition to Roe v. Wade. With a conservative majority on the bench, the evaluation says the case might be used to “weaken or outright overturn Roe.”