(WASHINGTON POST) In the past six weeks, four states — Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas and North Dakota — have adopted some of the most stringent restrictions on abortion in the nation. On Friday, Virginia may join the list when the state’s Board of Health votes on whether to require abortion clinics to meet hospital standards on a permanent basis.
This flurry of activity on the state level has provided abortion opponents with fresh energy and optimism while their foes vow to challenge the laws in court. Even as Americans have moved left on some social issues, such as same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, conservatives have gained significant ground in the states when it comes to abortion.
“The grass-roots momentum is really playing out electorally,” said Susan B. Anthony List spokeswoman Mallory Quigley, whose organization works to elect politicians opposed to abortion.
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