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Date: Jan. 22, 2009 . Time: 11:37 a.m.

romania Entry:

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romania

I saw 4 Mont*hs, 3 Wee*ks and 2 Days the other day, a movie about a woman trying to get an abortion in Roma*nia during the days that it was illegal. I found the movie well worth watching, though somewhat disturbing. Quite apart from the abortion laws, Roman*ia did not look like a very desirable place to live under communism.

In any event, I was curious about abortion laws in Roma*nia, and found the following wikipedia article. I found it fascinating that when abor*tion first became legal that 80% of births ended that way. Thanks heavens for birth control! For women, that may be the most valuable "invention" of the last 100 years. It is certainly up there.

In 1957, the procedure was officially legalized in Romania, following which 80% of pregnancies ended in abortion, mainly due to the lack of effective contraception. In 1966 abortion was criminalized (except in exceptional cases).... The natalist policy was completed with mandatory gynecological revisions and penalizations for single women over 25 and married couples without children[5]. The sudden effect of this policy was a transition from a birth rate of 14.3 in 1966 to 27.4 in 1967.


11:37 a.m. - Jan. 22, 2009

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