English methods of birth control
1915 1915 1910s 18 pages 11 serious disturbances of pregnancy, yet it is said that one out of every five pregnancies terminates abruptly in abortion. In what proportion "criminal abortion" is of this it is difficult to state, but it is roughly estimated that at least 150,000 aborti...
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11 serious disturbances of pregnancy, yet it is said that one out of every five pregnancies terminates abruptly in abortion. In what proportion "criminal abortion" is of this it is difficult to state, but it is roughly estimated that at least 150,000 abortions occur in the United States each year, and that 25,000 women die from its effects. There is no doubt that women are apt to look upon an abortion as of little consequence, and to treat it accordingly. An abortion should be regarded as important a matter as a confinement, and requires as much attention as the birth of a child at full term. It is only the women of wealth who can afford to give an abortion the proper care and treatment both at the time and afterwards. Consequently, these women seldom suffer any serious consequences from its occurrence. The women whose incomes are limited, and who must continue at work before they have recovered from the effects of an abortion, are the great army of sufferers, and it is from among these women that the deaths due to abortion usually ensue. If women had the knowledge how to prevent conception, there would be almost no necessity for abortions. It is because of abortions occurring so frequently among the women of the working class to-day, the suffering, illness, operations, invalidism, and deaths resulting from the carelessness of their performance, that has urged me to make any sacrifice, and direct my efforts to make it possible for these women to obtain clean and harmless knowledge of the means to prevent conception, and thereby prevent abortions, and the necessity for them. During my nursing on the lower East Side of New York City a few years ago I came in contact with some of the midwives, and had occasion to view their instruments and appliances which they use in this profession. I was horrified at the filthy condition of the scissors, forceps, brushes, etc., their kit contained. Is it any wonder that deaths of the poorer women mount high?