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Who Decides?: A Look Back at 2012

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This week, NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation released the 22nd edition of Who Decides? The Status of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States. It's the nation's most comprehensive report on choice-related legislation.

This year's edition of Who Decides? is dedicated to the women of the Obama administration. As President Obama stood resolute against the onslaught of anti-choice legislative proposals, he was fortunate to be supported by some of the most talented, able, and tenacious women ever to serve in federal government. Among them are:

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, secretary of state
  • Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the president
  • Melody Barnes and Cecilia Muñoz, directors of the domestic policy council
  • Tina Tchen, chief of staff to the first lady; and
  • Nancy-Ann DeParle, deputy chief of staff for policy

And it has been quite a year for choice in the states.

In 2012, 25 states enacted 42 anti-choice measures. The state of Arizona earned the dubious dishonor of enacting the most anti-choice legislation with four measures. How does your state shape up?

States That Enacted Anti-Choice Measures in 2012

Unfortunately, 2012 builds on a long history of anti-choice state legislators working to interfere in women's private health decisions. Did you know that since 1995, states have enacted 755 anti-choice measures?

These measures restrict access to safe, legal abortion care, among other things, by banning coverage of abortion in the state insurance exchanges and forcing women to undergo forced ultrasounds. Many state laws also impose unnecessary and burdensome regulations on abortion providers that are not imposed on other medical professionals.

Cumulative Number of Anti-Choice Measures Enacted Since 1995

Check out our new edition of Who Decides? to learn more about current choice-related laws that affect you.

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