A statement on abortion by 100 professors of obstetrics: 40 years later

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Sep;209(3):193-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2013.03.007. Epub 2013 Mar 15.


In this Journal in 1972, 100 leaders in obstetrics and gynecology published a compelling statement that recognized the legalization of abortion in several states and anticipated the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v Wade. They projected the numbers of legal abortions that likely would be required by women in the United States and described the role of the teaching hospital in meeting that responsibility. They wrote to express their concern for women's health in a new legal and medical era of reproductive control and to define the responsibilities of academic obstetrician-gynecologists. Forty years later, 100 professors examine the statement of their predecessors in light of medical advances and legal changes and suggest a further course of action for obstetrician gynecologists.

Keywords: abortion; law; teaching hospital.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Legal / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Gynecology*
  • Humans
  • Obstetrics*
  • Pregnancy
  • Time Factors
  • United States
  • Women's Health