Gynecology: More Abortions: The Reasons Why

The growing use of more reliable methods of birth control, notably "the pills," might be expected to cut down the number of U.S. abortions. But abortions are on the rise. Many doctors agree with the estimate made by Johns Hopkins' Dr. Harold Rosen,* an expert on the subject. His estimate is that frankly illegal abortions, ranging from $50 back-room jobs to $1,500 opera tions performed by skilled surgeons, will rise some 10% this year to a total well over 1,500,000. Also increasing, by at least 10%, is the much smaller but significant...

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