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US courts in conflict over late term abortion

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 06 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1220
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    A federal court last month upheld the constitutionality of laws in Illinois and Wisconsin that ban late term abortion.

    The sharply divided 5-4 opinion of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals conflicted with the decision taken in September by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals declaring similar bans in Nebraska, Arkansas, and Iowa to be unconstitutional.

    The laws in Wisconsin and Illinois allow the prosecution of doctors who …

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