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States enacted 43 pro-life laws in 1st half of 2013

Catholic World News - July 16, 2013

During the first six months of 2013, state lawmakers enacted 43 “restrictions on access to abortion, the second-highest number ever at the midyear mark” and “as many as were enacted in all of 2012,” according to the Guttmacher Institute.

“Although the momentum for banning early abortion appears to have slowed, the same cannot be said for bans on abortion later in pregnancy,” the institute stated in a midyear policy review. “Moreover, several states returned to familiar territory and approved a plethora of restrictions that, while stopping short of banning abortion, would nonetheless significantly hamper women's access to the procedure.”

The institute, named for a former president of Planned Parenthood, seeks “to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights,” according to its website.

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  • Posted by: jlw5096959 - Jul. 16, 2013 8:23 PM ET USA

    Excellent. What the AGI calls the "restriction" of abortion actually means the "protection" of the principal at-risk persons, the mother and her preborn child. Let's persuade journalists --- even the prolife side, for a start --- to call this, not "restrictive", but "protective" legislation. Humane, scientifically-accurate, enlightened, ethical, compassionate, progressive, inclusive, respectful of diversity, open to change, celebrating youth, culturally-sensitive, courageous, and -- historic!

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