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September 2, 1899

JUSTIFIABLE ARTIFICIAL ABORTION AND INDUCED PREMATURE LABOR.

Author Affiliations

DECATUR, ILL.

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(10):568-573. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450620006001b
Abstract

After a number of years of observation and study I am led to believe that abortion, both accidental and criminal, is frightfully common in all grades of society. Justifiable artificial abortion is not comparatively common, neither should it be, but seems sometimes required to save the life of a woman. Induced premature labor is as likely to be required in the interest of the child as of the mother, and in some conditions may be done in the interest of both. Neither should be decided on without honest consultation and serious consideration. "If thorough antisepsis be practiced, therapeutic abortion adds little to the risks of the mother if carefully done. Otherwise it is often more fatal than the disease from which it seeks to deliver her."2

In any disease of a woman which is aggravated to so great a degree, because of pregnancy, as to endanger her life, and

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