New State Abortion Laws Revive National Debate

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Abortion is a top issue in many statehouses this year. Recently, lawmakers have passed legislation restricting abortions in Texas, Wisconsin, and Arkansas, to name a few. Federal judges have blocked some of the new rules, but since 2010 more than 170 abortion laws in 30 states have hit the books. Studies have shown that attitudes towards abortion haven't changed much since Roe v. Wade, so why the flurry of new laws? We look at abortion politics across the country.


Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter for the Washington Post

David Masci, senior researcher for the Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project

Jennifer Popik, legislative counsel for the National Right to Life Committee

Amy Everitt, state director for NARAL Pro Choice California