Quick Hit: Abortion in America is already ridiculously safe; new restrictions only put more people in danger

Newsflash for the GOP! All those terrible abortion restrictions you keep trying to pass? They are not making anyone safer, and are in fact only serving to hinder reproductive health access  How do I know? Because, evidence.

Exhibit A: RH Reality Check has put together an excellent analysis of documents  showing that even though states are regulating abortion like it’s going out of style, there is virtually no evidence that patients are being harmed by accessing abortion services in the U.S. From the article, describing letters provided by 38 of the state attorneys general, and 31 of the health departments:

Together, these documents make up an extensive repository of rules, legislation, and official reports about abortion in the United States…The responses received to date include thousands of pages of legislation and regulations on a wide range of topics that could relate to abortion…

An analysis of these documents shows that congressional Republicans will find no support for their arguments in favor of new restrictions on abortion care in the evidence presented by the states. In particular, to the extent that anti-choice advocates claim that women are being put at risk by abortion services, these documents—from the very state entities charged with overseeing and regulating abortion—show the contrary. They show that abortion in the United States is highly regulated and overwhelmingly safe.

For more, review the database of state documents yourself or see other pieces from RH Reality Check‘s State of Abortion series here.

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Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to her work at Feministing, Lori is an Associate Director at Planned Parenthood Global. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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