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International developments in abortion laws: 1977-88.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3048126     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
During the period between 1977 and the first quarter of 1988, 35 countries liberalized their abortion laws and four countries limited grounds for the procedure. Most legislation has extended abortion eligibility through traditional indications such as danger to maternal health or fetal handicap, but a number of other indications have been created such as adolescence, advanced maternal age, family circumstances, and AIDS or HIV infection. A number of countries have redesigned their abortion laws as part of a comprehensive package to facilitate access to and delivery of contraception, voluntary sterilization, and abortion services. Abortion litigation has increased and stimulated the liberalization of abortion provisions and the support of women's autonomous choice within the law. In Canada, the entire criminal prohibition of abortion was held unconstitutional for violating women's integrity and security. In contrast, Latin American and other constitutional developments may limit legal abortion to instances of danger to women's lives.
R J Cook; B M Dickens
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  78     ISSN:  0090-0036     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  1988 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-10-20     Completed Date:  1988-10-20     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1305-11     Citation Subset:  AIM; E; IM    
Faculty of Law and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced*
Government Regulation*
Judicial Role
Legislation, Medical*
Parental Consent
Parental Notification
Pregnant Women
Value of Life

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