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September 2004 : In Carhart v. Ashcroft, . District Judge Richard Kopf of Nebraska concludes that, "in the absence of an exception for the health of a woman, banning the procedure constitutes a significant health hazard to women."
The abortion debate has more practical implications, too. The number of doctors willing to practise this branch of medicine is declining, in part because of fear of violence. It took years for RU486 , the “abortion pill” that is common in Europe, to make it to the United States. Mr Bush, sensitive to pressure from the Christian right, severely restricted embryonic stem-cell research in the United States, a decision that some scientists think could cost America its lead in a vital area of research.
Since the ordinance was approved, Green says she knows of at least one person who has filed a complaint.