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Anti-Abortion Legislation Increases by 4-Fold, Study Says

A report issued by the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights League (NARAL) reveals that women have fewer reproductive choices now than they had 26 years ago.

The report contends that anti-abortion laws have quadrupled in the past three years, with 62 new anti-abortion laws enacted during 1998 alone. NARAL President Kate Michelman noted that the only localities that even came close to fully supporting women’s right to choose where the District of Columbia and the states of California, Connecticut, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. Anti-choice legislators make up the majority in the House and Senate in 16 states whose Governors also oppose abortion rights.

“If Roe vs. Wade were overturned, there is a serious risk that these states would recriminalize abortion, jeopardizing the health of the 11.5 million there who are at risk for unintended pregnancy,” said Michelman.

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Reuters - January 14, 1999

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