Abortion is the most politically contested social issue in the United States, a debate that manifests itself in extensive regulation of abortion as a health care service. This study provides a brief history of the judicial acceptance of abortion regulation and an overview of the most common forms of abortion regulation affecting physicians in the United States. The article concludes with a discussion of pending threats to the legal right to abortion in the United States and recommended resources where physicians can find assistance to comply with existing laws.
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco, California
Funding Disclosures: Dr Weitz receives financial support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Correspondence: Tracy A. Weitz, PhD, MPA, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org