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February 19, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(8):582-583. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680340054022

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Criteria for the Interruption of Pregnancy  The Aerztekammer, or "Chamber of Physicians," for the province of East Prussia has published criteria for the interruption of pregnancy: 1. With a view to preventing, before the thirty-sixth week, interruption of pregnancy without suitable indications, the physicians comprising the Chamber of Physicians of the district of East Prussia must observe the following regulations: (a) The decision for interruption of pregnancy must be reached unanimously, following a consultation of at least two physicians, one of whom is a member of the commission appointed for that purpose by the executive committee of the Chamber of Physicians—in certain instances, at the suggestion of the medical societies. (b) In cases involving life or death, exceptions may be made. But even in such cases, the physician must (see d) submit his observations, including a statement of the scientific justification for the decision, to the executive committee of the

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