2012: A Look BAck | THE cENTER FoR REPRoDUcTIVE RIGHTS
RepRoductive Rights in 2012:A Look BAck At the stAtes
Every year, the Center or Reproductive Rights tracks hundredso legislative measures proposed by anti-choice state legislatorswho intend to erode women’s rights to abortion and reproductivehealth care. Some o the bills aim to restrict access by imposingmandatory waiting periods, ideologically biased counselingprovisions, and other burdensome, unnecessary requirements.Other proposals are ar more extreme, including those designed toban abortion or prohibit women rom accessing contraception.
Ater an intense onslaught o anti-choice legislation 2011, pro-choice advocates and legislatorswent into this year more determined than ever to stop harmul legislation rom becoming law.Citizens, advocates, and many stalwart legislators throughout the country have ought back,standing up or women and their access to reproductive health care. In addition, the Centerand other advocates have taken some o the most invasive and unconstitutional restrictions tothe courts, where many measures have been enjoined or struck down entirely. Although anti-choice legislators and activists introduced hundreds o restrictive bills, as they do every year,ewer passed in 2012 than in 2011, and, as usual, most were rejected. Nonetheless, over40 pieces o anti-woman, anti-abortion, anti-contraception legislation became law. Severalblatantly unconstitutional laws were so immediately harmul to women’s health and rights thatthe Center, along with allies in advocacy, immediately led suit:
The Center, along with the ACLU, defected a setback in district court and secureda preliminary injunction against the most extreme anti-abortion law in recent memory—aban on abortion that threatens the lives and health o women. (See pp. 6-7 or
oradditional details on law and the case.)
Anti-choice legislators are trying to shutter the state’s last abortion clinic anddeprive women o constitutionally protected reproductive health care. The Center has so arblocked this inappropriate targeted regulation o abortion providers, or TRAP law, rom takingeect. (See pp. 8 and
or more details.)As we prepare or 2013, the Center oers this recap o the major trends o 2012, a state-by-state analysis o the past year’s enacted laws, notes on some o the positive legislation enactedthat will improve women’s health and saeguard their rights, and a look at what the nextlegislative session may bring.