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February 21, 1972


JAMA. 1972;219(8):1069. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190340072027

To the Editor.—  The recent report by Ford et al (218:1173, 1971) is a welcome contribution by virtue of its careful preabortion and postabortion evaluation of 22 women who underwent this procedure in California. As the authors of a recent similar study, we note that their findings correspond closely to ours and also that their interpretation of their data leads to the same implications we emphasized in our report,1 namely, that "normal" women resolve the acute psychological distress of an unwanted pregnancy by abortion without adverse outcome, while psychologically disturbed women may do less well emotionally after abortion.Apparently the authors' thoughts about the subject were derived quite independently from our work since they note that "no prospective studies have been reported involving a wider socioeconomic sampling and a broader range of psychiatric diagnoses." This assertion is incorrect, since we had reported eight months previously about 168 women