States passed 57 bills increasing reproductive rights and 70 bills restricting them in 1999 according to a study released on Thursday by The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League titled Who Decides? A State-By-State Review of Abortion Rights 2000.
“These anti-choice measures have made it more difficult for women to access abortions,” said Kate Michelman, President of NARAL. Michelman also stated that abortions are harder to obtain now than in 1973, when the Supreme Court legalized them.
Notable gains in abortion rights last year were laws passed in nine states requiring insurance coverage for contraceptives and the law passed in New York protecting abortion clinics from violence and harassment.