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February 22, 2021

The Health Consequences of Restrictive Abortion Laws

Author Affiliations
  • 1Physicians for Reproductive Health, New York, New York
  • 2Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
JAMA Intern Med. 2021;181(5):713-714. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.9279

In this issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Gaj et al1 report that between 2017 and 2020, 35 states enacted 227 laws that restricted access to abortion care, and only 12 states and Washington, DC enacted 29 laws that expanded access. The findings are part of an accelerating trend since 2010 of states enacting laws that restrict access to abortion with deleterious consequences for people seeking care.

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