The National Institute for Reproductive Health’s 2017 Midyear Report analyzes the ways in which states are pushing forward with a proactive and unapologetic approach to reproductive freedom. The midyear report is a feature of the new Gaining Ground suite of publications.
The first half of 2017 shows that many states are seizing the opportunity to protect the gains from the past few years, and even strike back against a Trump agenda set on decimating access to all forms of reproductive health care.
In the first six months of this year, 49 states and the District of Columbia have introduced 581 pieces of proactive legislation to advance access to reproductive and sexual health care, including abortion. And the surge in state resistance has generated a significant increase in movement: In 2016, 146 bills passed at least one committee in a state legislature; to date in 2017, 202 already have done the same.