The nation's most permissive abortion law takes effect today in Hawaii when Governor John Burns allows it to become law without signing it or commenting on it.
As of today, women can obtain an abortion from any qualified physician in a licensed hospital. This is limited to women who have been legal residents of Hawaii for at least 90 days.
Governor John Burns is a Roman Catholic who has described abortion as "murder" in the past but allows this liberal abortion bill to become law because he feels that a governor
"must not let his private political and religious convictions unduly influence his judgment as governor of all people."