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Temple: Updated Abortion Law Data Show an Active Year for Reproductive Rights in the U.S.

The landscape of abortion law in the United States saw increases in targeted restrictions in 2019, but also some efforts to protect access by state governments and courts, according to data published to by the Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University.

The data capture abortion-focused laws across 15 topics from December 1, 2018 to December 1, 2019. These were either amendments to existing laws, or newly enacted laws passed by legislators. The majority of these laws were efforts by states to regulate abortion further:

The data were created in collaboration with subject matter experts from the Guttmacher Institute, Resources for Abortion Delivery (RAD), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), National Abortion Federation (NAF), and Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).

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