State Attacks on Women's Health
The vast majority of Americans consistently oppose efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade — yet in state after state, Planned Parenthood is on the front lines fighting dangerous bills, regulations, and executive actions that would prevent a woman from making her own personal, private decision about her health and medical care.
The last three years set records for the extent of bad legislation that was introduced and passed to restrict women’s health — in fact, a report issued in January by the Guttmacher Institute found that more state abortion restrictions were enacted in 2011–2013 than in the entire previous decade.
Unfortunately, the attacks aren’t slowing down. According to the Guttmacher Institute, in the first quarter of 2014, legislators in 38 states introduced 303 provisions seeking to limit women’s access to care. Twenty-two states have five or more restrictions on abortion access, and Louisiana has 10 (with more under consideration this year).
No matter what comes our way, Planned Parenthood is fighting back in statehouses and courtrooms — all while approximately 700 Planned Parenthood health centers care for patients across the country. Planned Parenthood is also working with legislative champions to introduce bills that expand access to reproductive health care. In fact, more bills to expand or protect access to abortion were introduced in 2014 than any year in the last 25 years.
Regardless of where you live, you CAN do something to ensure that a woman’s access to health care doesn’t depend on her zip code.