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Minerva Ginecol. 1981 Dec;33(12):1167-72.

[Experience acquired in application of Law No. 194 for a period of 18 months].

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After the promulgation of law 194, legalizing abortion in Italy, 455 pregnancy terminations were done at the Hospital of Saluzzo. In 98% of cases the technique used was dilatation and curettage under general anesthesia; most patients were hospitalized for 2 days; there was 1 case of uterine perforation, 2 cases of hemorrhage, and 4 cases of fever. Almost half of the patients came from other provinces, over 50% were in the age group 26-36, 78.72% were married, 53.19% were housewives, and 33.68% had 2 children. About 53.19% had elementary school education only, and about 28.01% were in the 8th week of gestation. Most requests for abortion were for economic reasons; 21.03% were because of contraceptive failure. The most important and striking information from this study is the lack of contraceptive information on the part of most patients; information on family planning is an absolute necessity to safeguard a woman's health, and should be made available to all women.

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