As reported days ago . . .
Dozens of states are passing or debating new restrictions on abortion, a trend fueled in part by passage of the nation's new health care law.
-- From "States seek new ways to restrict abortions" by Alison Young, USA TODAY 4/26/10
"This year, particularly in the past couple of weeks, it's really turned into a free-for-all on trying to restrict abortions," said Elizabeth Nash of the Guttmacher Institute, a research group focused on reproductive health and rights.
So far, 2010 has been "very successful," said Mary Spaulding Balch of the National Right to Life Committee.
At least 22 states have bills to increase counseling or waiting periods; 18 states have bills to expand the use of ultrasound, Nash said.
Other legislation includes:
• Kansas. Doctors must give a medical diagnosis justifying late-term abortions under a new bill, which was vetoed by the governor April 15. An override attempt is expected.
• Utah. A new law makes self-induced abortion a homicide. It was prompted by a girl who paid a man $150 to beat her to try to induce a miscarriage.
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