Abortion advocates are up in arms today because of a new report by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute showing states continue to pass pro-life laws at a high rate. These pro-life laws are leading to historic low abortion figures as abortion clinics close and babies are saved from abortions.
State legislators passed a record number pro-life laws in 2011 as a wave of pro-life lawmakers were elected in reaction to the election of pro-abortion President Barack Obama and his push for more abortions funded at taxpayer expense. In the years following, pro-life laws continued to be approved at a higher rate than in prior years, as the Guttmacher graphs show.
“So far this year, 13 states have adopted 21 new restrictions designed to limit access to abortion, about half the number (41) of similar restrictions that had been enacted by this point last year. These restrictions range from requirements that abortion providers have admitting privileges at local hospitals to bans on insurance coverage to limitations on medication abortion,” the report says.
At the same time, the pro-abortion side could only manage to approve three pro-abortion laws.
Guttmacher is most upset at the kind of laws that protect women’s health and close down abortion clinics and stop abortion practitioners who can’t meet the same standards expected of legitimate medical centers and physicians. The pro-abortion group calls such laws TRAP laws because it claims they trap abortion clinics and abortion practitioners by forcing them to comply with basic health and safety standards that ensue women’s health is protected from dangerous abortions.
As its chart shows, these pro-life laws are multiplying, and abortion clinics are closing as a result.
“Perhaps spurred by a decision handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upholding a Texas law, Louisiana and Oklahoma enacted measures requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Once these two new laws go into effect later in the year, seven states will require abortion providers to have admitting privileges,” it said. “In addition, Arizona and Indiana, which already had stringent requirements on facilities where abortions are performed, moved to allow the state health agency to make unannounced inspections. Altogether, 26 states have some sort of TRAP law, a sharp increase from 2000, when only 11 states had such requirements. With the addition of these new laws, 59% of women of reproductive age live in a state that has enacted TRAP provisions.”
Ultimately, as LifeNews’ extensive coverage has shown, the passage of pro-life laws will protect women, save unborn babies from abortion and close down abortion clinics. Although some gimmicks have cropped up in recent years about how to end abortion sooner, these laws are stopping abortions now as the pro-life movement works to overturn Roe and protect unborn children legally in a more permanent way.