231 Laws Restricting Abortion Access Have Passed Since 2011

by Ada Guzman

Ready to get mad? Here you go: Tw0-hundred and thirty-one anti-abortion laws have passed in the U.S. since 2011, according to data from the Guttmacher Institute. That means even with the 96 state-legislated measures that expanded abortion access in the same period of time, more than half of American women still live in places that are hostile to abortion rights.

The worst offending areas to live? Those would be Texas, North Dakota, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio. Of the 70 restrictions enacted in 2013 alone, Texas and North Dakota were responsible for 13—and in the same year, Louisiana had 10 major restrictions alone. For more sick sad world facts, check out the study in its entirety here.

Restrictive abortion laws serve only to stunt women’s progress and perpetuate a patriarchal system when men hold the power. It’s 2015: Can you believe we’re still arguing about women’s decision-making rights over their own bodies?

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