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Antiabortion laws take hold in US

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 17 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:687
  1. J Roberts

    Supporters of abortion rights in the US may be losing a war of attrition against the Catholic church and other antiabortion groups, even though the federal government still considers abortion to be an issue of a woman's right to privacy. In July a doctor who performed abortions was shot dead in Pensacola, Florida - the second to be killed in a year. But violence other than shooting has grown more common. According to the National Abortion Federation, more than 2500 violent incidents were carried out against abortion clinics in 1993, nearly four times the number in 1990.

    The war against abortion often focuses on Washington, but the battles are carried to virtually every state government and abortion clinic in the country. In 1973 the US Supreme Court legalised …

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