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Wednesday, January 23, 2006

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National Abortion Federation Releases Comprehensive Report on Reproductive Choice in the States in 2005

As the nation today commemorates the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the National Abortion Federation released its report, Reproductive Choice in the States in 2005 (PDF file, 120K). The report details state legislative action affecting access to abortion care.

"Forty-eight state legislatures considered more than 500 bills in 2005 that would have restricted abortion services and impeded women's access to safe, quality reproductive health care," said Vicki Saporta, NAF President and CEO. "Twenty-six such bills were signed into law."

In 2005, forty-eight state legislatures across the country considered more than 500 anti-choice bills. The most common types of proposed abortion restrictions included abortion bans, biased counseling and waiting period bills, restrictions on minors' access to abortion services, bills restricting public funding of abortion, and Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers (TRAP). Pro-choice governors vetoed harmful bills in Arizona, Kansas, and Wisconsin. In California, a ballot initiative failed that would have amended the state constitution to require abortion providers to notify parents about minors seeking abortions.

Seventeen states considered pro-choice bills protecting abortion access. Montana enacted two laws; one creates a buffer zone between abortion protesters and patients entering health clinics and the other removes a prohibition on physician assistants providing abortion services. West Palm Beach, FL and Pittsburgh, PA also created protective zones for women entering clinics.

"Every year, we see state legislatures consider bills that would further restrict women's access to safe, legal abortion care," said Saporta. "On the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, NAF's work to ensure that women have access to quality reproductive health care services is more important than ever."

Copies of Reproductive Choice in the States are available at www.prochoice.org. Download the report (PDF file, 120K)

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The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of abortion providers in the United States and Canada. Our mission is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care to promote health and justice for women. Our members include health care professionals at clinics, doctors' offices, and hospitals, who together care for more than half the women in both countries who choose abortion each year. For more information, visit our website at www.prochoice.org

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