Abortion rights had a pretty rough year in 2015. Doctored videos aimed at taking down Planned Parenthood escalated into renewed attempts both federally and at the state level to de-fund the group and restrict abortion. In some parts of the country, that would mean the only remaining abortion provider in the state being shut down.
This year is shaping up to be just as challenging, it looks like: just one month in, states have introduced 147 anti-choice bills, according to RH Reality Check. The site broke down who's sponsoring this legislation:
Of the 147 anti-choice bills introduced so far this year, 63 percent (92 bills) were sponsored by white Republican men, while 27 percent (40 bills) were sponsored by white Republican women. Democrats, including two Black men, six white men, and two white women, have sponsored ten anti-choice bills in 2016.
The number of bills introduced in January is unusual. “What we would normally see in an election year is a decrease in the number of restrictions considered at the state level,” Elizabeth Nash, a senior state issues associate at the Guttmacher Institute told RH Reality Check. “We are not seeing that this year.”
Reproductive rights advocates say there's been a noticeable uptick in anti-abortion sentiment in the past year, with more and more vocal protestors outside clinics and the shooting outside a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic in November last year.
The makers of those doctored videos targeting Planned Parenthood were indicted by a Houston grand jury last week for allegedly tampering with a government record when they deceptively edited the videos to create the false impression that Planned Parenthood officials were "selling baby parts."
It's also worth remembering that last year, states passed 57 laws with the goal of limiting access to abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute, and of the abortion restrictions that have been passed since Roe v. Wade, 25% were passed in the last five years.