2016 State of the States: A Pivotal Time for Reproductive Rights

Politicians in statehouses across the country continued to attack women’s access to vital health care services in 2016, introducing more than 500 bills and enacting more than 60 new laws restricting access to reproductive health care this legislative session. 2016 State of the States: A Pivotal Time for Reproductive Rights provides a state-by-state summary of restrictions passed in 2016, as well as an overview of major developments in the courts regarding unconstitutional intrusions on the right to safe and legal abortion. The report also provides some bright spots in the midst of this year’s onslaught of restrictions, noting that nearly 300 measures were introduced in state legislatures across the country intended to protect or advance reproductive health and rights.