Medicine And Books

Abortion: Between Freedom and Necessity

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 01 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1428
  1. Wendy Savage

    Janet Hadley Virago, £16.99, pp 238 ISBN 1 8538 1858 5

    It is almost 30 years since the 1967 Abortion Act made abortion legal if certified as necessary to the woman's health by two doctors acting in good faith. Not only have young people forgotten that it was a long struggle to get the law changed but most doctors practising medicine today have never seen the terrible results of back street or self induced abortions. I have never forgotten the woman I saw die of renal failure in 1958 when I was a medical student or those who …

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