People, Jun. 21, 1971

When 343 French women taunted lawmakers last April with mass admissions that they had undergone illegal abortions, officials intentionally ignored it. In Germany it was a different story. Inspired by the audacity of their French sisters, 374 German women signed a "public confession"—printed in Stern —that they had had illegal abortions too. The public prosecutor was not amused. He began an investigation of Actress Romy Schneider and others who had confessed. That action should have no immediate effect on Romy; she lives part time in Paris, already has one son, stars in movies and on the stage. But if she returns...

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