Medical Practice

Effects of Legal Abortion on Gynaecology

Br Med J 1972; 3 doi: (Published 08 July 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;3:99
  1. A. Howard John,
  2. 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.

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