As state legislatures across the country wrap up their 2016 sessions, one of the most active areas of legislating hasn’t been red-hot LGBT issues or immigration. It’s been the decades-old issue of abortion.
And on that issue, social conservatives are on a roll. This year, antiabortion advocates passed some 30 laws in 14 states to make it harder for people to get abortion. Here are a few of the big numbers. A graphic of recent laws is here.
Nine states introduced measures to ban all or most abortions. Only one, Oklahoma, made it to the governor’s desk. The governor vetoed it.
Three states have banned the most common method of second-trimester abortions (Alabama, Mississippi and West Virginia), while 13 in all have tried. Louisiana’s governor is deciding whether to sign a similar law.
Two states, Louisiana and Kentucky, lengthened the waiting period to get an abortion.
South Dakota and South Carolina voted to enact abortion bans after 20 weeks, making them the 16th and 17th states to do so.
Indiana, which already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation, made it illegal to abort a fetus because it is diagnosed with Down syndrome or because of its race or gender.