By John Leland
“At least 11 states have passed laws this year regulating or restricting abortion, giving opponents of abortion what partisans on both sides of the issue say is an unusually high number of victories. In four additional states, bills have passed at least one house of the legislature.
More significant than the number of bills introduced are the number and nature of those that passed, partisans on both sides agree.
‘What’s different is that bills of serious consequence have actually passed,’ said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, who characterized the volume of legislation as ‘an avalanche.’ Already the center has brought suits to challenge six laws, more than in any other year since the 1990s.”