THE ROAD TO ROE v. WADE
ABORTION LAWS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD vary from highly restrictive ones that allow abortion for few or no reasons to highly permissive laws that permit abortion for any reason. Belgium and Ireland are examples of countries with restrictive laws; Denmark, Hungary, Sweden, and the United States are examples of countries with permissive laws ( Rodman and Trost 1986). But the law on abortion is only part of the story. Under restrictive laws, skilled and unskilled "abortionists" perform "criminal' abortions outside of hospitals. They may be permitted to operate by law enforcement agencies and some are well patronized by women seeking abortions. "Reputable" physicians do "therapeutic" abortions in hospitals for selected patients, even though these abortions may be illegal. Under moderate or liberal laws, abortions may be done primarily in certain regions or cities of a country. Thus, depending on where a woman lives, on the attitudes and practices of the woman's physician and hospital, or on who she is and whom she knows, she may find it easy or difficult to obtain an abortion regardless of how restrictive or permissive the laws are.*
The gap between the law and medical practice became an outstanding feature of the abortion controversy, and it was one of the factors that contributed to the liberalization of abortion laws in____________________
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Publication information: Book title: The Abortion Question . Contributors: Hyman Rodman - Author, Betty Sarvis - Author, Joy Bonar Walker - Author. Publisher: Columbia University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1987. Page number: 89.
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