testimony centered anyway on how safe abortion is for the pregnant woman, when life begins and when a fetus might feel pain.

Dr. Shelly Tien, a gynecologist who performs abortions at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Jacksonville as well as at a clinic in Arizona, testified that women who seek abortions after 15 weeks often do so amid a crisis.

“Women and girls who need abortions after 15 weeks tend to have the most challenging and compelling life circumstances,” she said, citing poverty, domestic abuse and complications to an intended pregnancy.

support keeping abortion legal in most or all cases.

Alexandra Glorioso, Kate Zernike and Jack Healy contributed reporting.


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