According to a report by the Guttmacher Institute, the number of restrictions passed by at least one house of a state legislature is down from this time last year, but still way up from the first quarters of years past. (We’ve requested numbers for 2009, but Guttmacher hasn’t yet been able to provide them.) Here’s how 2012 compares:
Nine of the 75 restrictions have actually been enacted (the rest have yet to pass another legislative chamber). 944 have been proposed. These include:
• Restrictions in 14 states on when during a pregnancy abortion can be performed.
• Provisions in 11 states requiring an ultrasound before an abortion.
• Restrictions in 11 states on medication abortion.
At least by the numbers, abortion promises to be a much bigger issue in this year’s election than it was in 2008 — 2.2 times as big, to be exact.
- The suspect wanted for killing 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Years Day has been captured, Turkish media reports.
- People are arguing about whether those who are anti-abortion rights should participate in the upcoming Women's March.
- Umm. Over half of the population across 22 countries believe their system is failing and rigged, a new poll says 🌎🤔
- People are melting after a girl shared photos of her pitbull on Twitter in order to speak out against laws banning the animal.