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March 12, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(11):298. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391360018006

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On this subject a correspondent makes the following suggestion: "When we shall have passed a law binding all physicians, upon their honor, to make public the desire of any person who may ask the performance of an abortion, we can then hope to check, in a measure, the wholesale murder of the unborn. Secrecy in regard to patients who come to us for advice should be sacredly observed, but the audacious insult of requesting an honorable physician to procure an abortion should be publicly resented by openly reporting the party."

It is doubtful whether an attempt to carry the suggestion of our correspondent into practice would prove either an efficient remedy for the evil or an agreeable one for the physician. Only a small proportion of those who desire to have a pregnancy aborted go to a physician and, admitting the pregnancy, directly ask him to procure an abortion. On

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