Number of the Day

55%: The percentage of "all reproductive-age US women [who] lived in a state hostile to abortion rights in 2011, up significantly from 31% in 2000, according to a new Guttmacher Institute policy analysis. The increase is the result of a dramatic shift in the abortion policy landscape at the state level over the past decade, including a record number of abortion restrictions that were enacted in 2011."

a graph showing the increased legislative hostility toward abortion rights over the last decade
The analysis finds that most states—35 in total—remained in the same category in all three years (click here for a map illustrating the change over time). However, of the 15 states whose abortion policy landscape changed substantially, all became more restrictive.
Welcome to the feminist backlash.

Maybe the fact that reproductive rights advocates and activists have been raising the red flag about the rightwing's chipping strategy for years could finally put paid to the habit of dismissing as crazy! hysterical! bitches! feminist/womanist women and our allies every time we have the unmitigated temerity to ask to be heard on some concern that hasn't made it to the front page of the New York Times yet...?


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