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September 17, 1997

Abortion and Reproductive Rights: A Comprehensive Guide to Medicine, Ethics and the Law

Author Affiliations

The Johns Hopkins University Georgetown University Law Center Washington, DC

JAMA. 1997;278(11):951-952. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550110089048

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