Abortion in 2014

A new year has brought with it the growing realization that in America, access to abortion is slipping and slipping away. It’s so glaringly obvious that you can access this trend in multiple different forms, from charts and graphs to quotes from national movement leaders to on-the-ground anecdotes.

So, in what medium do you want this information about eroding reproductive rights?

The numbers:

A report from the Guttmacher Institute,] shows the plain numbers. In short: there were 70 abortion restrictions in 22 two states last year.

“To put recent trends in even sharper relief, 205 abortion restrictions were enacted over the past three years (2011–2013), but just 189 were enacted during the entire previous decade (2001–2010),” the report reads.

The other side’s response:

A sober feature article in the New York Times broadly covers the trend of more restrictions, closing clinics, and an overall “turning point” for the issue. In other words, it’s about to swing back our way or get much, much worse. The story quotes the pro-life movement as claiming a victory:

The worst-case scenario:

And then there are the kinds of places that suffer the most from abortion restrictions: rural, impoverished areas that are now back to pre-Roe levels of desperation.

Take, for instance, the Rio Grande Valley, which lost its clinics after the Texas Legislature finally passed HB 2, the bill Wendy Davis filibustered, and it was signed into law.

Lindsey Beyerstein visited the area to report on the aftermath of HB 2. She quoted local Ob/Gyn Dr. Lester Minto on what he has witnessed since the bill past:

The Fifth Circuit Court is currently mulling over whether to uphold HB 2, Andrea Grimes reported a seemingly unsympathetic bench at the initial hearing. She noted:

As goes Texas, so goes the nation? Let’s hope not.

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