Thursday, August 11, 2011

Record Number of Abortion Restrictions Enacted

State governments have passed a record number of abortion restrictions this year. There have been 80 such abortion restrictions in 2011 legislative sessions, far exceeding the previous record of 34 from 2005, according to a July report by the Guttmacher Institute.

Four states -- Alabama, Idaho, Kansas and Oklahoma -- enacted bans on abortions at 20 weeks based on evidence a baby in the womb experiences pain. Another two states -- Missouri and Ohio -- approved prohibitions at 20 weeks or later based on fetal viability.

The reason behind the new restriction is results of the 2010 elections in which a large number of pro-life candidates swept into state legislatures.

Among many other types of abortion restrictions were restrictions that :

-- Prohibit "telemedicine," or webcam, abortions, which occur when doctors at remote sites counsel by means of videoconferencing women seeking abortions and dispense the two-drug abortion method RU 486 to them without being in their physical presence.

-- Mandate new regulations for abortion clinics.

-- Ban state-controlled funding of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

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