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January 21, 2005

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On Eve of Roe v. Wade, National Abortion Federation Issues 2004 State Legislative Report

Washington, D.C. - On the eve of the 32nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) released a report on the status of state abortion-related legislation in 2004. NAF's 2004 State Legislative Report includes an election wrap-up, a detailed list of anti-choice legislation considered and passed, and legislation that is supportive of a woman's right to choose.

"State legislatures in 2004 considered a wide range of abortion restrictions that could make it increasingly difficult for women to access safe, quality reproductive health care," said Vicki Saporta, NAF's President and CEO.

In 2004, forty-four state legislatures across the country considered over 500 anti-choice bills. Seventeen states considered abortion ban legislation, twenty-six states considered biased counseling and/or waiting period bills, nineteen states considered parental involvement bills, and twelve states considered TRAP bills (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers).

"By restricting women's access to abortion care, these state legislatures are taking action that harm women," said Saporta. "Our Hotline (800-772-9100) receives calls every day from women who have extreme difficulty accessing the abortion care they need."

On a positive note, several states worked to support a woman's right to choose. Three states - California, Michigan, and Vermont - introduced resolutions honoring the Roe v. Wade decision and/or the March for Women's Lives. Minnesota, New York, and California also introduced legislation that would protect the privacy of women and health care providers. Both the resolution supporting Roe v. Wade and the March for Women's Lives and a privacy bill were enacted in California.

"NAF will continue our work on the state and federal levels to ensure that women have access to quality reproductive health care," said Saporta.

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