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January 03, 2014 5:38 PM Anti-Choice-a-Palooza

By Ed Kilgore

Just saw this news from Wonkblog’s Sarah Kliff:

[The] Guttmacher Institute…[found] that states passed 205 abortion restrictions between 2011 and 2013, more than the 189 laws passed between 2001 and 2010. Nearly half of the laws - 45 percent - fell into three categories: targeted regulations of abortion providers, bans on abortions after 20 weeks and restrictions on medical abortions. “States enacted 93 measures in these four categories from 2011 through 2013, compared with 22 during the previous decade,” the Guttmacher analysis finds.

It’s pretty clear why this happened: a combination of the Republican landslide in gubernatorial and state legislative elections in 2010; a perception of judicial weakness in policing “undue burdens” on the right to choose; and a new and highly coordinated anti-choice strategy aimed at radically reducing the number of abortion providers.

While this activity is unprecedented in its intensity, it’s not likely to slow down unless pro-choicers make some serious gains at the state level this November.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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