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2012: A Look Ahead

The following analysis illustrates that, as far-reaching as the attacks were in 2011, the choice-related composition of state governments foreshadows the potential for even more attacks in 2012.

Currently 19 states have anti-choice governments (the governor and legislature are anti-choice); while another 25 states have mixed-choice governments. Therefore, 44 states have the potential to enact anti-choice measures. NARAL Pro-Choice America examined the 2012 outlook for five key anti-choice trends:

Mandatory-Ultrasound Laws

  • This type of law requires doctors to perform an ultrasound, even if it’s not medically necessary and even against the woman’s will.
  • Number of anti-choice or mixed-choice states with ultrasound laws: 8
  • Number of additional states that could enact this type of law in 2012: 36

Abortion-Coverage Bans

  • These laws prohibit insurance companies from selling health-care plans that include abortion coverage.
  • Number of anti-choice or mixed-choice states with an abortion-coverage ban: 16
  • Number of states that could enact this type of law in 2012: 28

Nebraska Copycat Bans

  • This type of law bans abortions after 20 weeks without exceptions for women’s health, or pregnancies that result in rape or incest. These laws copy a 2010 Nebraska ban.
  • Number of anti-choice or mixed-choice states with a Nebraska copycat ban: 6
  • Number of states that could enact this type of law in 2012: 38

Race- and Sex-Selection Bans

  • This ban criminalizes doctors who fail to determine if race or sex is a factor in a woman’s decision to terminate a pregnancy.
  • Number of anti-choice or mixed-choice states with a race- or sex-selection ban: 4
  • Number of states that could enact this type of law in 2012: 40

Affiliation Bans

  • This type of law disqualifies abortion provides from receiving state funds for other health services. These bans severely hinder health centers’ efforts to provide even the most basic health care to many.
  • Number of anti-choice or mixed-choice states with some kind of affiliation ban: 11
  • Number of states that could enact this type of law in 2012: 33

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