It is that the answer to dysfunction and unfairness in criminal abortion
laws is to provide more clarity, more standards, and more procedures.
The legislature specifically authorized suspensions or discipline more lenient than license revocation based on an administrative finding of criminal abortion
Stone, Report on the Subject of Criminal Abortion
, Transactions of the Iowa State Medical Society, Vol.
It upheld a criminal abortion
statute that lacked an exception for cases of medical necessity, despite the fact that the Court had consistently emphasized the need for such an exception since Roe v.
In just one month, January 1922, Spilsbury recorded the deaths of a servant poisoned by cyanide, a suicide by cyanide at Hampstead, four sudden deaths, three heart attacks, one criminal abortion
, death during an appendix op and the murder of a 79-year-old woman.
Sotheby's notes on the lot give some idea of a typical month in the life of Sir Bernard: "In the unexceptional month of January 1922, for example, Spilsbury records the following deaths: a domestic servant poisoned by potassium cyanide and then thrown in the Lea in Hackney, a suicide by cyanide in Hampstead, four 'sudden deaths', three heart attacks, one woman who died as the result of a criminal abortion
, a pulmonary embolism, a death during an operation to remove the appendix, and the brutal murder of a 79-year-old woman ("at least 11 blows on head & blows on hands by blunt object, three cuts by sharp cutting weapon on neck, right hand having grasped weapon, six depressed fractures of skull").
and Dennis O'Hare, titled "An Objective Model for Estimating Criminal Abortions
and Its Implications for Public Policy," concluded that "a reasonable estimate for the actual number of criminal abortions
per year in the pre-legalization era [prior to 1967] would be from a low of 39,000 (1950) to a high of 210,000 (1961) and a mean of 98,000 per year.
Bernard Nathanson now readily admits that in the 1960's, when he and the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws were fuelling pro-abortion propaganda with lies, approximately 300 women died each year from criminal abortions
, not the 5,000 that they stated in a press release.