Medicine: Dial for Abortion

In theory, since a dozen states have liberalized their laws, it is no longer difficult for an unwilling pregnant woman to get a safe, legal abortion in the U.S. Since last July, New York has had minimal restrictions and no residence requirement. Yet abortion seekers still face formidable obstacles, ranging from doctors' reluctance to alleged bilking by a score of commercial ''referral services" that have sprung up in New York.

Charging from $60 to $160 to make an appointment with a doctor, those services have eagerly advertised as far away as Miami Beach—in one...

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