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Abortion rights face a full-on assault at the state level

By E.A. Crunden

With national focus on GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, attention is being diverted away from another critical health crisis: state-wide efforts to legislate and restrict reproductive rights.

Since 2010, when elections swept a wave of anti-choice politicians into office across the country, virtually all reproductive health legislation at the state level has focused on restricting abortion access. And according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy institution focused on tracking reproductive health policies, this year has been no exception.

In the first six months of this year, 28 states introduced legislation to ban abortion in some form — while six worked to ban the procedure entirely.

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