A report by the Guttmacher Institute shows that 19 state governments have enacted 162 abortion regulations so far this year. Eighty, almost half, of those regulations, a new record, are pro-life regulations. The previous record was set in 2005 when 34 similar regulations were enacted.
These regulations are aimed at encouraging pregnant women to choose options other than abortion, regulating the safety of the mother during an abortion, restricting the gestational period for when a fetus can be aborted, or limiting government funds to abortion providers.
Indiana, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas all passed laws requiring waiting periods and/or counseling to help pregnant mothers understand the risk factors involved in getting an abortion.