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Reprod Health Matters. 2008 May;16(31 Suppl):99-107. doi: 10.1016/S0968-8080(08)31374-3.

Implications of the Federal Abortion Ban for Women's Health in the United States.

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  • 1Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, Bixby Center for Reproductive Health Research & Policy, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA.


In 2007, the US Supreme Court upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, also known as the Federal Abortion Ban or "the Ban." The decision undermines decades of established US abortion law that had recognised the preservation of the health of women as a paramount consideration. The Ban asserts that the state's interests in how an abortion is performed and in fetal life override women's rights. It thus further erodes access to safe and legal abortion care. The new law negatively affects evidence-based clinical practice, the training of new providers and clinical innovation. It may also lead to additional legal restrictions on abortion access in the US and has implications for abortion service delivery internationally. Advocates must develop strategies that focus on women's right to control their fertility throughout the trajectory of an unwanted pregnancy.

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