States Eye Creative Abortion-Related Laws

New rules for getting Viagra and bans on aborting fetuses with Down syndrome are among some of the creative new abortion laws states are considering for 2016.

In the past few years, states have passed record numbers of abortion restrictions, which often create new rules for clinics and doctors or put limits on when or how a woman can obtain an abortion.

States passed more than 50 such laws in 2015, handing a big victory to abortion opponents and frustrating supporters of abortion rights who view the new regulations as attempts to roll back access to the procedure.

More states will be gearing up after New Year’s Day to introduce a batch of new abortion-related measures during the spring legislative season. In some of the states, the legislation will become law. In other states, lawmakers will push bills more intended to simply to make a point. Here are some of the more creative bills in the pipeline: