Legal abortions save women's lives

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7094.1623 (Published 31 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1623
  1. Wendy Savage, Press officer, Doctors for a Woman's Choice on Abortion (w.savage@qmw.ac.uk)a,
  2. John McGarry,
  3. Marcus Filshie,
  4. Barbara Clayton,
  5. Peter Diggory,
  6. Ian McGillivray,
  7. Kathleen Frith,
  8. Malcolm Macnaughton,
  9. Peter Huntingford,
  10. Fleur Fisher,
  11. David Paintin
  1. a 19 Vincent Terrace, London N1 8HN

    Editor—As doctors who saw the serious and sometimes fatal consequences of illegal abortion before 1967, we believe strongly that equating legal abortion with the inhumanity practised by doctors in Nazi Germany is wrong.1 In all societies throughout history women faced with an unwanted pregnancy have resorted to abortion, and millions …

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