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Abortion activists lament upward trend in pro-life legislation

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As Live Action News reported, 2015 was a historic and monumental year for the pro-life movement. And it appears that 2016 may be even better.

RH Reality Check, a pro-abortion group that promotes itself as “a resource for evidence-based news,” recently reported that 147 pro-life bills have been introduced in state legislatures in January alone. While RH Reality Check’s definition of “anti-choice” legislation is clearly unreliable and debatable, the fact is, they are on to something here. Recent trends show that pro-life legislation is surging across the country.

Elizabeth Nash, an associate at the Guttmacher Institute, also a pro-abortion group, sees 2016 as unique in regards to the large number of pro-life bills, considering it is also an election year.

“What we would normally see in an election year is a decrease in the number of [abortion] restrictions considered at the state level,” Nash said. “We are not seeing that this year.”

However, the upward trend in pro-life legislation is not unique to the last month, or the last year. The Guttmacher Institute recently reported that the last five years have accounted for more than 1/4 of all abortion restrictions enacted since Roe v. Wade…

In the 43 years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, states have enacted 1,074 abortion restrictions. Of these, 288 (27%) have been enacted just since 2010.

2016 has already seen the introduction of many important pro-life laws, some of which are currently working their way through state legislatures. Florida is considering a ban on abortion that would make performing an abortion or operating an abortion facility a felony.  A bill banning abortions based solely on sex or disability has already passed the Indiana Senate. Kentucky has already passed an informed consent bill, which requires that biological facts and medical information be given to mothers at least 24 hours before an abortion.

Statistics show that pro-life legislation is on the rise. When even hardcore abortion activists admit it (and freak out about it), that’s a good sign for the pro-life community.

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