Medicine: A Reno for Abortions?

Geneva, which cradled Calvinism and the League of Nations and between times innocently got its name mixed up with gin, has lately gained fame in another capacity: the abortion capital of western Europe. In the little canton (pop. 200,000) which embraces the lake city, 1953 saw no less than 3,277 legal abortions, of which 1,761 were performed on nonresidents. In Geneva last year the number of legal abortions exceeded the number of live births.

On paper, Swiss federal law looks straightforward and strict enough. It sanctions abortion only if birth of the child would constitute "a danger menacing the life of the...

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