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September 2, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(10):792-793. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740350050022

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The Bill on Abortion Fails to Pass  According to the late statistical reports, the number of deaths due to secret abortions performed by physicians, midwives and neighbors amounts to about 60,000 yearly. This frightful number of deaths has moved humanitarians to propose to the government the drafting of a new law that will authorize the ministry of public hygiene to establish advisory centers for women, to teach them about birth control. The proposal was wrecked by the strong opposition of the clergy, so there was nothing to do but to make induced abortion lawful, if performed by competent physicians. A committee has been appointed by the ministerial council to draft the text of the new bill. The committee heard almost all leading physicians and jurists of the country but did not consult any members of the clergy. The bill was drafted and the chamber of deputies dealt with it in

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