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July 29, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(5):386-387. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740300054030

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To the Editor:  —My attention has been drawn to an editorial in The Journal, February 4, regarding "Russian experiences with legalized abortion as reflected in the first All-Ukrainian Congress of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, meeting in Kiev in May, 1927. May I draw your attention to an article contributed by Dr. J. Leunbach of Copenhagen to the Saertryk af Ugeskrift for Læger, 1933, number 13, page 391. He states that only 25 per cent of 6,000 cases of abortion in Kiev were really legal, while 75 per cent were induced outside the hospitals. The material dates from the first five or six years after the legalization of abortion in Russia. The number of women who desired to have their pregnancy interrupted was much greater than the number of beds available in the hospitals. It was therefore necessary to refuse admittance to the majority of the women who applied for a bed.

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