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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181a2afef
Pregnancy Termination

What Physicians Need to Know About the Legal Status of Abortion in the United States

WEITZ, TRACY A. PhD, MPA

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Abstract

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.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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