Skip to comments.Report from NARAL Pro-Choice America Details State-by-State Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights
Posted on 01/18/2014 4:17:06 PM PST by Darren McCarty
New Report from NARAL Pro-Choice America Details State-by-State Status of Womens Reproductive Rights in the U.S., Highlights Winning Agenda for 2014
In 2013, 24 States Passed 53 Anti-Choice Measures, Compared to 10 States that Enacted 16 Pro-Choice Measures
WASHINGTON - January 14 - Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation released the 23rd edition of Who Decides? The Status of Womens Reproductive Rights in the United States. The report, published each year, provides individual letter grades on the status of womens reproductive rights for all 50 states and provides a comprehensive view of choice-related legislation and court decisions in those states. This years report also includes a new section on the status of anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers in the states.
The report documents the 24 states that passed 53 anti-choice measures in 2013 - while at the same time highlighting the 10 states that enacted 16 pro-choice measures last year.
To read the full report, go to: http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/assets/download-files/2014-who-decides.pdf
The anti-choice War on Women did not slow down in 2013 and we are certain that radical right-wing politicians will only ramp up their attacks on women in 2014 as the midterm elections approach, explained Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. In 2014, NARAL Pro-Choice America is as committed as ever to stopping the opponents of a womans right to choose everywhere they pick a fight, but were not just playing defense anymore: well work just as hard to expand our freedoms, so that every woman has not just the right, but the opportunity to make whatever choice is right for her.
In total, 24 statesAK, MT, ND, SD, CO, KS, OK. TX, IA, MO, AR, LA, WI, MI, IN, OH, PA, VA, NC, SC, GA, AL, MSpassed 53 anti-choice measures. The four primary types of laws restricting reproductive freedom included:
Banning abortion at different stages of pregnancy;
Banning insurance coverage of abortion;
Restricting abortion providers to close them down;
Helping anti-choice fake clinics called crisis pregnancy centers.
But the tide is turning, as elected officials like Texas State Senator Wendy Davis and Michigan State Senator Gretchen Whitmer took strong public stands to protect reproductive freedom. Ten statesAL, CA, CO, HI, IL, NH, TX, VA, VT, and WVenacted a total of 15 pro-choice measures (twice as many as last year), fighting back against anti-choice extremists. In particular:
California expanded abortion access by letting qualified medical professionals like midwives and nurse practitioners provide early abortion care;
Illinois replaced its abstinence only sex education curriculum;
Vermont passed a new law to promote and protecting healthy childbearing;
Portland, ME approved a proposal to put a buffer zone around an abortion provider;
Albuquerque, NM rejectedby a 10 point margina local ballot initiative that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
States to watch for advancements in the fight to protect reproductive rights in 2014 include: CA, CO, CT HI, MA, OR, VT, along with Washington, DC. Meanwhile, NY, PA, and VA have all made moves to advance a womens agenda in 2014.
NARAL Pro-Choice America also released its annual Congressional Record on Choice, which grades individual members of Congress on their voting records on issues concerning womens reproductive freedoms.
We got a F! Woo hoo! This is a failing grade that I like to see.
We got a c+ considering the rats run my state I am amazed it’s not a A.
“24 states passed 53 anti-choice measures,” but pro-abortion judges blocked most of them.
Right. It looks like they have nothing but praise when it comes to expanding the abortion industry, while women's health is completely irrelevant.
In a way, it is a good thing that there are not enough trained physicians in CA to meet the demand for abortion. That is, if the demand really is that high... I have the impression that an abortionist shortage was invented for political theater. In any case, it is clear that the abortion industry is responding to attempts to force abortuaries to meet the same health and safety standards as actual medical clinics by becoming even less safe.
Epic fail is on!
haha, for a minute I wondered what you were doing on FR. Yes, we are in California too. Terrible, huh? Only CA and WA got A+.
State-by-State Status of Womens Reproductive Rights
Yes women have a right to be reproductive in every state in the union...
There’s nobody trying to stop us...
North Carolina got an F, too. However, that doesn’t mean it’s any more difficult to get an abortion in North Carolina than in California. I give our legislature points for effort, though.
In the anti-Bizaro world that means pro-life is really doing B level work.
Why don’t they just call reproductive rights what they really are? The right to kill!