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February 22, 1896

Abortion Legalized.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(8):388. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430600040010

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Clinton, Iowa, Feb. 12, 1896.

To the Editor:  —It is of interest to us to be posted on the laws and decisions that relate to the profession. A respectable woman of this city called on a female practitioner stating that she had a babe five months old and was again pregnant, and very earnestly desired to be relieved of it. A soft catheter was introduced by a director or sound. The director was withdrawn and the catheter was left behind. After waiting seven or eight days as was proved, the "doctress" called on a medical man telling him she had introduced a soft catheter into a woman's uterus and could not get it out. He told her it would undoubtedly be expelled; if not, to dilate the os and reach for it with a pair of placenta forceps, that he lent her.In the evening she returned saying she was

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