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US anti-abortion activists target state laws

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 10 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2527
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 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 …

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