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November 28, 1925

Die uneheliche Mutterschaft.

JAMA. 1925;85(22):1751. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670220069040

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Weinzierl views with anxiety the increasing incidence of criminal abortion in his part of the world, and adduces the results of a study of 500 cases of abortion which were treated in Wagner's clinic in Prague. The number of cases of abortion, from 1917 to 1923, totaled 3,038; i. e., one third of all admissions to the clinic. The situation is considered a great danger to the state, and, in fact, has reached the dignity of being a national problem. Previous to the war, the subject had received more or less attention, but since the armistice, the matter has become more urgent because of the increase in the number of abortions. The causes are largely economic: high living costs, poverty, unemployment and the psychology of the postwar period. The author recites that Soviet Russia has displayed leniency toward women who avoid maternity by illegal interruption of their pregnancies. This tendency

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