This year is far from over but people have already seen a spate of restrictive abortion bills recently introduced across America. In fact, a timeline of anti-abortion laws passed in 2019 shows how the momentum for restricting — and in one case, essentially outlawing — abortion is remarkably strong in multiple states at the moment.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Guttmacher Institute, a research center on reproductive health care, reported that 41 states in the country have collectively introduced more 250 anti-abortion measures since 2019 began. A conservative majority on the Supreme Court seems to have emboldened anti-abortion advocates nationwide into pushing for bills that could eventually challenge Roe v. Wade, as NBC News reported. The landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision declared that state bans on abortion access for people were unconstitutional.
Elizabeth Nash, who is a state policy analyst for Guttmacher Institute told The New York Times, "The appointment of Kavanaugh focused legislators across the country on abortion. It focused conservative legislators to pass abortion restrictions that they hope will be challenged and end up before the court, so the court can undermine or overturn abortion rights."
The timeline below offers a glimpse at just when various states passed anti-abortion laws and how pro-choice advocates have fought or plan to fight them in court.