NEWS IN CONTEXT
State legislatures kick off 2005 with renewed attention to sexual and reproductive health
February 7, 2005
In January alone, 260 bills related to sexual and reproductive health were introduced in 33 state legislatures. Among these are measures that would:
- Require counseling and waiting periods for abortion--19 bills in 15 states
- Mandate parental involvement in minors’ abortions--17 bills in 12 states
- Establish “Choose Life” license plates--5 bills in 3 states
- Promote access to emergency contraception--15 bills in 8 states
- Restrict access to emergency contraception--2 bills in 2 states
- Mandate insurance coverage of contraceptives--10 bills in 5 states
- Allow pharmacists to refuse to provide contraceptives--5 bills in 5 states
- Mandate insurance coverage of infertility treatment--11 bills in 5 states
- Require that sex education be medically accurate--5 bills in 3 states
- Allow stem cell research--14 bills in 6 states
- Provide state funds for stem cell research--8 bills in 3 states
The Alan Guttmacher Institute’s (AGI’s) online State Center allows you to follow, month by month, the progress of these and other measures related to sexual and reproductive health over the year.
Click here for monthly updates on sexual and reproductive health and rights developments in the states.
Click here for a summary of major developments in 2004.
Click here to view the current status of state policies.
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