Advances in [US] reproductive health since Roe v. Wade

Deborah Kotz –  Boston Globe – Monday, 28 January 2013 (originally published 21 Jan)

Abortion rights protest
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Tuesday will mark the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade that struck down many state and federal restrictions on abortions, and it’s a perfect time to reflect on how much (and also how little) women’s reproductive health issues have changed since then.

Abortion remains a highly charged political issue — leading Congress to continue to ban federal funding for abortion procedures. And women in most states are finding it harder lately to get one with the recent passage of more restrictions, like waiting periods.

“We’ve been fortunate in Massachusetts with policies supporting the availability and accessibility of abortion,” said Dr. Paula Johnson, chief of the Division of Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Our state health law is not restrictive and doesn’t limit coverage or payment for abortion services” . . .

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