Coroner describes prevalence of illegal abortion in Australia

In Australia, as in the United States, illegal abortions took place before abortion was legalized. In 1890, coroner Dr. Richard Youl wrote:

“There are several institutions devoted entirely to procuring abortions. It is a demoralizing thing. Murder is a fine art, and persons who get used to it do not stop.”

Gideon Haigh The Racket: How Abortion Became Legal in Australia (Victoria, Australia: Melbourne University Press, 2008) 17

The Racket is a book that documents illegal abortions in Melbourne, Australia, and comments on the reasons abortion was legalized in Australia.

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life Network. She lives in NJ.

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