Pro-Life Legislative Progress in 2013


Posted on January 24th, in Issues, News, News & Opinion, State Abortion Policy.

Professor Michael J. New has written an excellent piece at the National Review Online about the progress pro-lifers made in calendar year 2013, particularly in state legislatures. Some highlights:

  • A Texas bill was passed that banned abortions after 20 weeks gestation and mandated that abortion clinics meet the same standards as other surgical health-care facilities.
  • Two other states banned abortion after 20 weeks of gestation.
  • Four states limited abortion coverage in the health exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Eight states enacted bans on tele-med abortions.

Overall, according to the Guttmacher Institute, 70 state-level pro-life measures were enacted in 2103. This makes 2013 the second most productive year on record in terms of the number of pro-life laws that were passed. Overall, there were more pro-life laws enacted between 2011 and 2013 than in the entire previous decade.

Read the entire article here.