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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2011 Nov-Dec;40(6):672-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01302.x.

Nurses and care of women seeking abortions, 1971 to 2011.

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Women’s Options Center, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA.


In its first issue in 1972, JOGNN published a review article reporting surveillance data about abortions in the United States (Bourne, Kahn, Conger, & Tyler, 1972). This historical article predated Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Since this landmark decision, numerous articles have addressed nurses' role in abortion care. We review current literature on nurses and abortion care and use thematic categories to highlight areas of investigation.

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