Breakout year for pro-life movement in the US

FOURTEEN states across the US have introduced about 70 new restrictions on abortion during 2011, including laws in Texas requiring doctors to describe the fetus and offer to play its heartbeat.

Women in Kansas must be given a statement informing them an abortion “will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being”, according to an article in The Lancet.

Other states have banned abortion after 20 weeks, introduced mandatory counselling and three-day waiting periods, required ultrasound screens to face towards the patient, or have new controls on the discussion of abortion in schools.

It is “the biggest legislative onslaught by pro-life politicians in decades”, according to the journal, and restrictions that reach further are on the horizon.

Lancet 2011; 377:1992-93

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