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Abstract

Dr. O'Sullivan traces the process leading to the passage of the 1968 British Abortion Act and the consequences of that act with a view to helping the American medical profession learn from the British experience.

This article discusses the effect that legalized abortion has had upon the people, and particularly the physicians, in England. Although New York State, among others, has now legalized abortion, it has not had sufficient experience with it to adequately assess its effects. But the English have had sufficient experience with it, and its effects there indicate that attempts to legalize abortion demand close watching.

Reprinted with permission from "Hospital Progress" June, 1970.

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