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WASHINGTON, Aug 29, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The state legislative season this year led to a near-record number of new restrictions on a woman's access to abortion or contraception.

Since January, governors have signed several dozen anti-abortion measures ranging from parental consent requirements to South Dakota's outright ban, The Washington Post said Monday.

There hasn't been such a wave of abortion-related legislation in the states since 1999 when so-called late-term abortions were the target of new laws, the Post said.

On the other side, a handful of states have approved provisions that make it easier for women to get emergency contraception, known as the "morning after" pill. However, two Republican governors, Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and George E. Pataki of New York, vetoed such bills.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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