Commentary: the public health consequences of restricted induced abortion--lessons from Romania

Am J Public Health. 1992 Oct;82(10):1328-31. doi: 10.2105/ajph.82.10.1328.


The question of whether abortion should be legal is currently being decided in many countries. Although much of the discussion has focused on ethical issues, the public health consequences should not be overlooked and should be addressed realistically and responsibly. Nowhere are the public health manifestations of restricted abortion more apparent than in Romania. The pronatalist policies of the Ceaucescu regime resulted in the highest maternal mortality rate in Europe (approximately 150 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births) and in thousands of unwanted children in institutions.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Criminal / statistics & numerical data
  • Abortion, Legal / standards*
  • Birth Rate
  • Child, Abandoned / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Services Accessibility / standards*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Maternal Mortality
  • Mortality
  • Politics*
  • Pregnant Women
  • Public Health*
  • Romania / epidemiology
  • Social Change