Mortality rates for women undergoing early abortions, where the procedure is legal, appear to be as low as or lower than the rates for normal childbirth. Consequently, any interest of the state in protecting the woman from an inherently hazardous procedure, except when it would be equally dangerous for her to forgot it, has largely disappeared.
I do not see how first statement supports the second. Perhaps its ambiguous due to the second statement not specifying "inherently dangerous procedure" because they could mean any number of procedures. So I suspect that these are two loosely stated sentences.