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it at some time during the period of gestation. Like results often arise
from certain diseases, principal among which is syphilis. In some cases
the physician produces what is known as "therapeutic abortion," for the
purpose of saving the life of the woman--this is sanctioned by medical
custom and by law. Other forms of abortion, performed for the purpose of
preventing the progress of the gestation, and designed for the
destruction of the embryo or fetus, are known as "criminal abortion,"
and are punishable by several legal penalties.
Abortions are frequently followed by severe illness, invalidism, or even
death for the woman. Many women have had their entire lives ruined by
this evil practice. It is one of the curses of modern civilization, and
one which must be removed by means of rational instruction and education
along the lines of sexual science if the race is to be prevented from
deterioration. The subject will be further considered in the subsequent
lessons in this book.
The best advice to those who have contemplated the performance of
abortion is simply this: Don't; DON'T; DON'T!
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