What to know about the surge in state antiabortion bills

Source: Anne Branigan, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

In Oklahoma and Idaho, state lawmakers just banned most abortions at the first sign of a fetal heartbeat.

In Montana, providers can no longer perform abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, while abortion pills, available via mail in other states, must be taken with a doctor present.

They are all part of an unprecedented storm of activity fueled by conservative legislators and aimed at restricting abortion access for millions of Americans. In a four-day span from April 26 to 29, 28 new restrictions were signed into law in seven states, the most antiabortion legislation to become law in a single week in more than a decade, according to a new analysis from the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit research center that supports abortion rights.

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