CHICAGO (AP) – It’s legal to get an abortion in America, but in many places it’s hard and getting harder.
Just this year, 17 states set new limits on abortion, and 24 did last year, according to the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion-rights nonprofit.
More than 30 new abortion laws have been enacted this year, a record topped only by the unprecedented 92 laws last year.
Abortion-rights advocates find the growing restrictions troubling, while abortion opponents are encouraged, saying the laws are working. In several states with the most restrictive laws, the number of abortions has fallen slightly.
The issue remains important to many voters. A Gallup poll released this week found that nearly 40 percent of female registered voters surveyed in 12 swing states consider abortion the most important election issue for women, even outranking jobs.
And it remains divisive. A Gallup poll last month found nearly as many voters consider themselves “pro-life” as those who say they are “pro-choice.”