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May 14, 1932

Protection of Women and Children in Soviet Russia.

JAMA. 1932;98(20):1766. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730460070039

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The author of this volume went to Russia to study the system used under the five year plan for the care of women and children. She presents the story of a government planned by men but leading essentially to a matriarchal empire. Beginning with a discussion of the program for the protection of women and children in Russia, she discusses the legal phases of women's rights, the customs regarding abortion and birth control, the consultation rooms established for women, prenatal examinations, maternity care and similar subjects. Of especial interest are the plans for the handling of children, which, obviously, have come under the greatest criticism because of their tendency to make the home secondary in family life. If plans continue as now in effect, the author believes all children will eventually come under complete control of the state. However, at present it seems unlikely, largely because of the present condition

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