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Unnecessary Abortion Restrictions Worsen the COVID-19 Crisis

May 2020 Bar Bulletin

By Kim Clark

With the rapid spread of COVID-19, state and federal health authorities are trying desperately to keep people home while they build the capacity of the healthcare system to respond to the growing number of infections. But there is one threat that health officials are ignoring: how politically motivated, medically unnecessary restrictions on access to abortion care are jeopardizing the safety of pregnant people, providers, and the public during the COVID-19 crisis.

Since the Supreme Court recognized the fundamental right to abortion in Roe v. Wade, many states have waged successful campaigns to undermine that right by passing laws that severely restrict access to abortion...

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