Emerging Issues in Commonwealth Abortion Laws, 1982

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In an attempt to ensure that legal provisions keep pace with medical advances in the field of prevention of unwanted pregnancies, the Fourth Commonwealth Medical Conference (1974) requested the Commonwealth Secretariat to collect information on laws on abortion. The Commonwealth Secretariat circulated a questionnaire to the Member countries of the Commonwealth, and to Associated States and dependencies, to identify their laws and intentions concerning medical termination of pregnancy. The resulting 1977 Survey, published by the Commonwealth Secretariat as a study in Three Studies of Abortion Laws in the Commonwealth analysed the state of the law, as well as evaluations of it and proposals for change in Commonwealth jurisdictions.


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