Effects of Legal Abortion on GynaecologyBr Med J 1972; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5818.99 (Published 08 July 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;3:99
- A. Howard John,
- Brian Hackman
The effect of the Abortion Act on gynaecological work in one provincial teaching hospital is that despite an increase in patient turnover of 45% the waiting list has increased by 200%. It is suggested that the Act has had little effect on the birth rate or illegitimacy and that there may have been an increase in criminal abortion.