In 2011, states passed a record number of abortion restrictions, with 92 new laws taking effect in 24 states.
Momentum has continued in 2012 in what has become a two-year major overhaul in many of the states’ abortion laws.
The laws range from imposing new penalties on doctors to requiring women to undergo more medical procedures, but they all serve to make it more difficult for a woman to legally end a pregnancy.
Both sides in the abortion debate say the flurry of lawmaking is a legacy of the 2010 elections, which ushered conservative lawmakers and governors into office around the country. Nineteen statehouses changed from Democratic majorities to more conservative Republican majorities, and others, already Republican, saw more Republicans elected on socially conservative platforms.
Source: The Tennessean