Medicine: Legalized Abortion?

As diseases go, German measles (rubella) is pipsqueak stuff. The rash fades quickly, rarely lasts longer than three days. But last week, Dr. Murray H. Bass of Manhattan had some things to say about German measles which sent many a matron scurrying to her medical books for symptoms (mild fever, spots).

To 500 pediatricians assembled in Manhattan's Pennsylvania Hotel for a three-day regional conference, there was nothing new in Dr. Bass's statement that expectant mothers who catch German measles in the first few weeks of pregnancy often give birth to defective children. What rattled their pince-nez were his recommendations that:...

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