Gynecology: New Grounds for Abortion

As Governor John Love signed the bill in front of TV cameras, Colorado last week became the first state to legalize abortion on three principal medical grounds, with appropriate legal safeguards. Until Love's action, most abortions had been illegal in all 50 states. Although 45 states permitted "therapeutic abortion" to save a woman's life, that provision covered only 10,000 legal abortions a year. The total of illegal abortions in the U.S. is estimated at 1,000,000 to 1,500,000 a year, with a high rate of resulting infections and hundreds of deaths.

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