Morals: Abortion: Precept & Practice

As the sensibly-suited American woman disembarked at Tokyo's International Airport last week, she brushed off the hundred guides who scrambled to show her the sights. She had come to Japan not to wander the shrines and teahouses but, like the friend at home who had tipped her off (and that friend's friend, and so on and so on), for an abortion.

Of the more than 700,000 abortions reported annually in Japan, a small but increasing number—one Tokyo abortionist puts it at something less than 1,000—are performed on American women. Though the trip itself is expensive ($783 for a round-trip tourist...

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