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Is abortion worldwide becoming more restrictive?

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8161 (Published 04 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8161

Re: Is abortion worldwide becoming more restrictive?

The title itself conveys that there is a growing restriction on abortion. But at the same time it must not end up with a loss of life because of religious or legal constraints. The very purpose of medicine is to save life and promote the health and well being of the individual being treated. It is very sad to hear about the loss of a life because of such restrictions.

It is a long debate about abortion which will never get universal agreement. It therefore depends upon the medical profession to have its say to decide about abortion. Abortion is not a method to restrict life but is a medical treatment to save the life of an endangered mother.

Competing interests: No competing interests

07 December 2012
dhastagir s sheriff
Faculty of Medicine, Benghazi University
Benghazi, Libya