Fifty-five percent of reproductive-age U.S. women lived in an anti-choice state in 2011, up from 31% in 2000, according to a Guttmacher Institute policy analysis.
The increase is the result of a shift in the abortion policy landscape at the state level, including a record number of abortion restrictions enacted in 2011.
“In 2000, the country was more evenly divided: nearly a third of women lived in states solidly hostile to abortion rights, slightly more than a third in states supportive of abortion rights and close to a third in middle-ground states,” says Rachel Benson Gold, Guttmacher’s director of policy analysis. “By 2011, however, more than half of women of reproductive age lived in hostile states. This growth came largely at the expense of the states in the middle. Only one in 10 women lived in a middle-ground state by 2011.”