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April 30, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(18):1580-1581. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730440060020

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The Attitude of Women Physicians Toward the Abortion Question  In recent letters, reference has been made to the problem of induced abortion, a question that has awakened great interest in the medical profession of Germany because a new penal code is being prepared (The Journal, March 23, 1931, p. 1810). In the meantime, the league of women physicians submitted a questionnaire to all German graduate women physicians, in order to learn their attitude toward the interruption of pregnancy. The results of this inquiry have now been published in the organ of the league. Of 2,836 questionnaires sent out, 2,761 were returned with answers, 1,352 of which were of a nature to be utilized. Only 6.4 per cent of the members of the league favored retention of the existing section of the penal code; 20.9 per cent were for abolition and 7.27 per cent for revision. The chief interest attaches naturally

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