Essay: THE DESPERATE DILEMMA OF ABORTION

FOR a century, state laws in the U. S. have generally made abortion a crime except where necessary to save a woman's life. The ban is enforced by religious beliefs, medical ethics, fear of social scandal. Yet it is flouted throughout the country—in the same pattern, though not in the same numbers, as Prohibition was decades ago. Written by men, anti-abortion laws cannot quell the desperation of women for whom a particular pregnancy is a hateful foreign object. At their time of despair, women agree with Author Marya Mannes, who reviles such laws as...

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