Medicine: Abortion in New York

Since New York State's liberalized abortion law became effective on July 1, some 16,000 women have obtained legal abortions. In those two months, however, the new freedom has been marred by widespread confusion about the application of the law, hardship for many women seeking abortions and reluctance on the part of many hospitals to cooperate fully in the program.

For the 57 counties outside New York City, the state board of health has laid down guidelines limiting abortions to well-equipped hospitals and their affiliated clinics. Under these rules, relatively few hospitals are performing...

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