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Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Jun;52(2):130-9. doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181a2afef.

What physicians need to know about the legal status of abortion in the United States.

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Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94612, USA. weitzt@obgyn.ucsf.edu

Abstract

Abortion is the most politically contested social issue in the United States, a debate that manifests itself in extensive regulation of abortion as a health care service. This study provides a brief history of the judicial acceptance of abortion regulation and an overview of the most common forms of abortion regulation affecting physicians in the United States. The article concludes with a discussion of pending threats to the legal right to abortion in the United States and recommended resources where physicians can find assistance to comply with existing laws.

PMID:
19407519
DOI:
10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181a2afef
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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