Several states seek to block 2nd trimester abortion method

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ Abortion opponents in Mississippi, West Virginia and several other states are filing bills to ban an abortion procedure commonly used in the second trimester.

Courts have already blocked similar laws in Kansas and Oklahoma.

The Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents abortion providers in legal fights, says banning the dilation and evacuation method of abortion is unconstitutional. The group says a ban would interfere with private medical decisions and put women at risk.

The Mississippi bill uses language provided by the National Right to Life Committee. Mary Balch, director of state legislation for the anti-abortion group, says the proposals would not ban all dilation and evacuation abortions.

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