Criminalizing Physicians Who Provide Abortions | David A. Grimes

February 18, 2015 10:06 PM

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Criminalizing Physicians Who Provide Abortions | David A. Grimes

A physician sometimes winds up in court accused of failing to meet the standard of care for a patient. In a bizarre twist, politicians in several states want to take a doctor to court for providing the best care. Why this paradox? The care relates to abortion.

New bills introduced in state legislatures in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri would outlaw the safest method of second-trimester abortion in America. Known as dilation and evacuation (D&E), this procedure is also the most commonly used. About 10 percent of all abortions are performed in the second tr...

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