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February 4, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(5):341-342. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740050037014

Russian experiences with legalized abortion as reflected in the First All-Ukrainian Congress of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, meeting in Kiev from May 23 to 28, 1927, do not seem to have been refuted or challenged by more recent reports emanating from the same sources. Verkhratskiy,1 for example, in 1931 reported 13.5 per cent instances of adnexal complications in his material of 1,242 artificial abortions. Anufrieff,2 in 1931, quoted the figures presented at the congress to support his thesis that curettage of the uterus is a procedure fraught with serious consequences. The unbiased and objectively scientific attitude of the congress toward the question seems apparent.

The law legalizing economic indications for abortion in the new Russia was intended to do away with criminal abortion and to substitute for it efficient medical service. The hope was expressed at the time that instruction in measures for contraception would minimize the demand for