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April 29, 1974

The Abortion Experience: Psychological and Medical Impact

Author Affiliations

Harbor General Hospital Torrance, Calif

JAMA. 1974;228(5):634. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230300060041

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Responding to a need for current factual information concerning abortion, the editors of the volume have compiled 29 contributions from various investigators across the United States. Some of the general conclusions reached from the multiple sources, which include some of the preeminent people in the field, indicate that abortion rates compared to live births are rising rapidly, while the number of illegal abortions has been reduced sharply where legal abortion is readily available. Firsttrimester abortion by vacuum curettage is associated with low morbidity, but experience indicates that secondtrimester abortion by current techniques has a much higher complication rate. The data indicate that approximately 50% of the women seeking abortion are single and there is a trend for women to be below 25 years of age or more than 35 years of age. There has been a gradual increase in public opinion for the acceptance of legalized abortion, particularly since the