It is apparent that there is a strong tendency generally in the medical profession toward a broadening of the indications for the termination of pregnancy. It seems that the wisdom of this can scarcely be questioned. While it may be said that this may open the way for the not overconscientious physician, by distortion of the symptoms and indications, to perform abortion in many unnecessary cases, it is believed that this will not be true to any large extent, as the great majority of physicians are undoubtedly honest in this respect as in other things, and are no more likely to go astray than formerly. Temptation and opportunity are always present for those who may wish to take advantage of it. That errors of judgment or of unintentional misunderstanding may occasionally arise there is no doubt.
I believe I am right in stating that it has always formerly been
HIGGINS FA. THE PROPRIETY, INDICATIONS AND METHODS FOR THE TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY.. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(21):1531-1535. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500210001e