Amid the Bans, Abortion Advocates Are Winning Key State Victories

By Katie Klabusich

Despite the terrifying start to 2019 for abortion providers and their patients, June brought an unprecedented wave of wins as states like Illinois, Maine, Nevada and Vermont struck down antiquated laws and enacted new, historic protections and care expansions.

By the end of May, 27 bans in 12 states had brought the total number of abortion restrictions since Roe v. Wade to 1,271. But as anti-abortion legislators in states across the country continued to enact bans and dangerous, unpopular restrictions, a growing handful of states — along with the city of New York — have been breaking down barriers to reproductive freedom.

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