Medicine: Abortion Reform (Contd.)

Led by Colorado early in 1967, ten states have moderately liberalized their century-old abortion laws. Even so, the new laws have hardly made an appreciable dent in the number of illegal abortions, estimated to be as high as 1,500,000 annually. Dissatisfied with what they regard as tokenism, abortion reformers have since mounted campaigns in several states to abolish all penalties for abortions, provided they are performed by licensed physicians in approved hospitals. Their first success came in Hawaii (TIME, March 9), followed by another in Maryland, where the legislature has sent Governor...

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