American Medical Association backs amended abortion bill

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 31 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1569
  1. Norra Macready
  1. California

    Last week the American Medical Association made an 11th hour statement supporting a bill to ban a controversial procedure-intact dilatation and extraction, popularly known as partial birth abortion.

    This was the first time the organisation had gone against its policy of opposing any congressional attempt to dictate medical practice. The association made its statement after the bill's Republican author, Senator Rick Santorum, from Pennsylvania, made a few changes to provide doctors with more legal protection. …

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