Rewire Legislative Tracker Methodology

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Rewire Legislative Tracker Methodology

Rewire’s database is the most comprehensive tool in the United States to learn about, analyze, and track the laws, organizations, and legal cases related to reproductive health and sexual justice, and the people behind them.

The tracker is currently in beta. Users can see the states for which we have entered complete information by viewing the map on the Legislative Tracker homepage. The yellow color indicates states that have been completed for 2013 and 2014.

The database contains a combination of information sourced directly from reputable sources—such as the Guttmacher Institute, the American Civil Liberties Union, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Planned Parenthood—along with our own independent summaries and analysis. All facts, summaries, and analyses have been assessed and reviewed by our staff.

Where we have relied on outside sources for this information, we have provided citations and links. We are grateful for the assistance provided by others working in this field.

The summaries of the state and federal legislation included in Laws are based on a review of publicly available information from official state websites.

Information about specific organizations contained in Organizations is based on a review of those organizations’ websites.

Information and summaries contained in Legal Cases is based on an independent review of the court documents filed in a particular case. Unless indicated otherwise, Rewire staff drafted all summaries of these.

Information about legislatures and legislators in People is drawn from the Sunlight Foundation’s Open States project via an automated computer program.

Despite our best efforts, there may be instances where information contained in the Legislative Tracker is incomplete, outdated, or simply inaccurate, as is always the case in database work.

If you believe you have found an error or omission, please let us know through this feedback form, and be sure to include the specific error or omission you believe you have identified, along with a link to a reputable source. Rewire regrets that we will be unable to consider any requested changes to the database that are not accompanied by a link to such a source.

We believe that it was important to release the beta version as soon as possible, given the prominent and growing role that these issues are playing in this election year. We are continuing to update and add to the database in real time.

We welcome feedback and questions, please click the feedback button of the left edge of your browser window.