Abortion Debates

March 21, 2014 • Volume 24, Issue 12
Will the Supreme Court impose new restrictions?
By William Wanlund

Introduction

Advocates of legislation to restrict abortions rally (Getty Images/Erich Schlegel)
Advocates of legislation to restrict abortions rally on July 8, 2013, at the Texas capitol in Austin. Since lawmakers passed the controversial law last year, many of the state's abortion providers have shut down. In recent years, state legislatures have passed some 200 laws imposing new regulations on abortions. A majority of U.S. voters continue to support abortion rights. (Getty Images/Erich Schlegel)

Anti-abortion activists have been lobbying heavily in recent years in the nation's state legislatures, which since 2010 have passed more than 200 laws imposing new regulations on abortion. Supporters of the procedure are challenging many of the new state laws in court, contending they are unreasonable and prevent women — especially poor women — from accessing safe, legal abortions. Proponents of the laws say one of their primary goals is to test the limits of the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. Meanwhile, the federal government is implementing its sweeping health-care reform law, which requires health insurance plans to cover contraception, leading two companies whose owners oppose birth control on religious grounds to sue the government — a case the Supreme Court will hear this month. Anti-abortion activists say they'll bring their arguments to a receptive electorate in 2014, while their opponents say polls show a majority of voters continue to support abortion rights.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Abortion
Mar. 21, 2014  Abortion Debates
Oct. 04, 2011  Gendercide Crisis
Sep. 10, 2010  Abortion Debates
Sep. 22, 2006  Abortion Showdowns
Mar. 21, 2003  Abortion Debates
Nov. 28, 1997  Roe v. Wade At 25
Apr. 07, 1995  Abortion Clinic Protests
Jul. 05, 1991  Teenagers and Abortion
Jan. 26, 1990  Abortion: Politicians' Nightmare
Oct. 16, 1987  Abortion Policy
Jan. 14, 1983  Abortion: Decade of Debate
Oct. 22, 1976  Abortion Politics
Jul. 24, 1970  Abortion Law Reform
Oct. 06, 1965  Abortion in Law and Medicine
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Abortion, Contraception and Reproductive Issues
Abortion, Contraception and Reproductive Issues
Feminism
Maternal and Child Health Care
Population Control
Religious Freedom
Religious Movements
Supreme Court History and Decisions
Women's Health Issues