Gaining Ground: Proactive Reproductive Health and Rights Legislation in the States is the National Institute’s third annual report analyzing proactive legislation from the previous year.
Even though two-thirds of statehouses were dominated by opponents of reproductive health and rights in 2016, advocates and legislators in 36 states and the District of Columbia moved 191 proactive pieces of legislation aimed at improving women’s lives.
This report focuses on four distinct policy areas:
- Protecting and expanding access to abortion, contraception, and sexual health care;
- Enhancing insurance coverage for reproductive and sexual health care;
- Improving the reproductive and sexual health of youth;
- Promoting healthy pregnancies, parents, and infants.
To see the expansion of proactive reproductive health and rights policies in the states over the last few years, download our 2014 proactive policy report and our 2015 proactive policy report.