NARAL Pro-Choice America released its annual report (PDF) assessing the status of women’s reproductive rights in the United States, saying that elected officials are increasingly making attempts to pass abortion-restrictive policies at the state level by concealing them in broader pieces of legislation because the public doesn’t support them.
“Politicians have learned that their positions are unpopular so they obfuscate their views and move them into bills that are unrelated,” Donna Crane, policy director at NARAL, told reporters during a conference call.
She cited North Carolina’s bill on motorcycle safety, which was signed into law in October 2013. The bill also contained provisions requiring abortion clinics to meet standards similar to hospitals and surgical centers, which would effectively force many of the state’s clinics to close.
North Carolina’s Republican Gov. Pat McCrory had promised during his gubernatorial campaign that he would not support any new restrictions on abortions.
“Even in places where those restrictions end up becoming law, those moves come at a high price,” Crane said, noting that the governor’s approval rating plummeted after North Carolinians became aware of the bill’s provisions on abortion.