March 20, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(12):888. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670380078029

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Induced Interruption of Pregnancy  In the Prussian council on public health, it was agreed that the increase of induced abortion during the last twenty years made it incumbent on the government to devote attention to the suppression of the evil. Deaths of mothers caused by abortion and reduction of the natural increase of population would endanger the state. The desire was expressed that, as far as abortion was concerned, the provisions of the present law might be replaced by the milder 1925 draft of the penal code. It was proposed to obtain better statistical information on the number of deaths due to induced abortion. It was emphasized that information concerning the danger to life from induced interruption of pregnancy should be spread among the people. Also compensation of parents with large families by means of parental insurance and remission of taxes was discussed. The creation of care-taking centers for pregnant

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