US anti-abortion activists target state lawsBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2527 (Published 10 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2527
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- 1New York
US anti-abortion activists are moving to restrict women’s access to abortion on a state by state basis rather than by national legislation.
Nebraska and Oklahoma have already passed restrictive laws. Similar laws are under consideration in Florida, Louisiana, and other states.
Kansas passed a law requiring doctors to give the state government more information about late term abortions, but it was vetoed by the governor last month. On 5 May the Kansas senate failed to override his veto. George Tiller, a Kansas doctor who provided late term abortions, was murdered last year in his church (BMJ 2009;338:b2237, doi:10.1136/bmj.b2237).
At least 22 of the 50 states have restrictions such as mandatory …