More than half of American women live in places that don’t respect their reproductive rights

Today in sad but not surprising news…

According to a new Guttmacher report, in the last decade, the percent of all reproductive-age women living in states hostile to abortion rights has jumped from about a third to more than half.

What exactly does “hostile” mean? Pretty much what you’d expect: A whole slew of laws – from ultrasound requirements, waiting periods, insurance bans, etc – designed to put as many barriers as possible between a woman and the abortion she wants to have.

As more and more states – especially in the Midwest and South – continue to pass record numbers of restrictive laws, more and more women are slipping into hostile territory. And, sadly, the trend shows no signs of stopping in 2012.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted March 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    It’s safe to say that 100% of American women live in places that don’t respect their reproductive rights.

  2. Posted March 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I was surprised to see that Arizona and West Virginia are supportive states considering the politics that arise from them. I am happy to say that dispite the overwelling non-supportive mid west neighbors Illinois continues to be more progressive. Finally a welcoming reason to be living here! Keep the faith girls! Voice your Rights!

  3. Posted March 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Wow. IL is this one pink area in a sea of red. SO glad I live here. Also, we need to organise a million women and march to congress. Cause this is Bullsh*t!

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