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Abortion restrictions spark concern over access to maternal health services
Modern Healthcare

The push by lawmakers in several states to restrict or ban abortions has reignited debate over the future of guaranteed access to reproductive health services for women. And public health experts are cautioning that there could be a ripple effect on overall maternal care services, especially in states that already struggle with higher than average mortality rates.

So far this year, 10 states have enacted laws that would either narrow the number of weeks a woman is legally allowed to get an abortion or ban access completely, such as in Alabama. None of the new laws have gone into effect and all face legal challenges, with many supporters saying the ultimate goals is overturning Roe v. Wade. In total, more than 370 abortion restrictions have been introduced nationwide since Jan. 1, according to the Guttmacher Institute.