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US campaigners challenge abortion law changes

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:690
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

In the latest battle in the United States over abortion, organisations campaigning on reproductive and civil rights have challenged a new state law in Michigan that could ban all abortions. They have also challenged attempts by attorneys general in Kansas and Indiana to obtain confidential medical records.

The organisations have gained a court injunction to temporarily prevent the enforcement of a Michigan state law that could make it more difficult for women there to have an abortion. The new law, which was to go into effect on 30 March, would redefine the moment of birth as the time when any part of the foetus was outside the vagina and showed signs of life. As a result of the campaigners' actions this move has been postponed to 15 June.

Although abortion is available in Michigan, as elsewhere in the United States, the American …

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