Chapter 11 - Female Diseases
Introduction to Female Diseases
Inflammation of the Neck of the Womb
Inflammation of the Ovaries
Whites
Absence of the Menses
Profuse Menstruation
Painful Menstruation
Green Sickness
Cessation of the Menses
Hysteria
Polypus of the Womb
Uterine Hydatids
Inflammation of the Womb
Falling of the Womb
Falling Over of the Womb
Tumors of the Womb
Cancer of the Womb
Ovarian Tumors
Inflammation of the Fallopian Tubes
Inflammation of the Vagina
Itching of the External Parts
Tubal Pregnancy
Sterility
Midwifery
Miscarriage
Abortion
Prevention of Pregnancy
Labor
Antiseptic Dressings
Milk Leg
Child Bed Fever
Puerperal Convulsions
Hemorrhage
Nursing Sore Mouth
Broken Breast
Sore Nipples
Sex of Child, How to Regulate Before Birth

11.26 Abortion

Abortion (Criminal).

MANY married people who consider the bearing of children a burden, and those who suffer from a lapse of virtue, are tempted to commit abortion.
I wish it were possible for me to express to them the sin and folly of such a course. The sufferings and evils that almost always follow are far worse than any care or shame which come from letting nature take its course. Any crime against nature is sure to be punished. In this case, consumption, nervous prostration, and various womb complaints are the usual accompaniments, ruining the future life or usefulness of the woman, until finally life becomes a burden to herself and friends; it usually being impossible to obtain a cure, though she seek it carefully and with tears. No conscientious physician will commit abortion. She will be obliged to trust herself in the hands of quacks and rascals, who commit the crime either with medicine or instruments, in' one case ruining the digestion, in the other the womb. Nature has not provided any way in which it can be done with safety, and it is justifiable in no case except when it will save the life of the mother.

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