Since the passage of Roe v. Wade, anti-choice advocates have worked to chip away at the woman’s right to choose granted by the Supreme Court. Attacks on abortion access have occurred through federal legislation, state legislation, and the courts.
At the state level, 2012 saw over 40 abortion restrictions in states ranging from Arizona to South Carolina to Virginia. These laws took many forms: parental notification policies were tightened, abortion coverage on the insurance exchanges was abolished, later term abortions were criminalized, and more mandatory waiting periods and counseling were enacted.
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