Saturday, February 23, 2013
After the Big "O"
If you want to restrict or permit abortions, you need to move to a state that begins with the letter "O". The most restrictive and least restrictive states both start with this capital letter: Oklahoma and Oregon.
The chart shows the total number of abortion regulations by state, color-coded by the category of regulation.
If Roe v. Wade were to be overturned by the Supreme Court those states with the light blue markings would have immediate abortion bans due to previously passed, but currently unconstitutional laws.
The state rankings for abortion regulations fall along social ideological lines of Conservative and Liberal political views.
According Elizabeth Nash, 92 new state restrictions on abortion were enacted in 2011 and 43 more in 2012. According to her research, one-third of women in 2000 lived in a state that was openly hostile to abortion. By 2011, that figure had jumped to half.
Nash said. "The kinds of restrictions we see being passed are meant to make it more difficult for providers to perform abortions and more emotionally difficult for women to choose them."
Click on the graphic to expand it for a closer view.
Original data source was Guttmacher Institute and Center for Reproductive Rights.
Remapping Debate created the original graphic.