Nearly 400 anti-abortion bills were introduced in the US in 2015, report says

A new report by the Centre for Reproductive Rights has found that politicians across the US introduced nearly 400 state anti-abortion bills.

The report says that 47 new laws were enacted this year, which restrict access to abortion.

Many of these measures were Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws, restrictions which apply only to abortion health care providers and are described by the report as ones which “interfere with patient’s personal decision-making, and ultimately block access to abortion care.”

Five southern states expanded the period of time that women must wait between receiving state-mandated counselling and obtaining an abortion.

Arkansas passed a bill which required a 48 hour waiting period between an initial consultation and an abortion procedure, while North Carolina and Oklahoma both increased their waiting periods to 72 hours.


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