Meaning: termination of pregnancy
If death does not result, the woman who has undergone an abortion is not altogether safe from harm.
Family limitation will always be practiced as it is now being practiced--either by birth control or by abortion.
The question that society must answer is this: Shall family limitation be achieved through birth control or abortion?
An abortion is as important a matter as a confinement and requires as much attention as the birth of a child at its full term.
When accidental conception takes place, some women of both classes resort to abortion if they can obtain the services of an abortionist.
When society holds up its hands in horror at the "crime" of abortion, it forgets at whose door the first and principal responsibility for this practice rests.
"He who would combat abortion," says Dr. Hirsch, "and at the same time combat contraceptive measures may be likened to the person who would fight contagious diseases and forbid disinfection.
This fact brings us to the conclusion that contraceptive measures among the upper classes and the practice of abortion among the lower class, are the real means employed to regulate the number of offspring."