Medicine: Progress Report on Liberalized Abortion

UNTIL 18 months ago an American woman in virtually all the states could get a legal abortion only to save her life, and only after surmounting forbidding legal obstacles. Since then, five states have liberalized their punitive 19th century abortion laws. They now permit therapeutic abortions to be performed if the physical or mental health of the mother is in danger or if the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest. Four of these five states—Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia and Maryland—also authorize abortion if the child...