D.C Is Becoming Major Abortion Center, Despite 71-year-Old Law By MARGARET GENTRY - Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON ( A P ) - De spile a 71-year-old abortion law and a'Supreme Court decision upholding it, the District of Columbia is moving into the ranks of major abortion centers. Directors of four flourishing abortion clinics report an aver^ age of more than .600 abortions a week' are being performed-or about 32,000 a year. Abor tions also are being performe at numerous 'doclor's offices across the city. Shadow world abortions con tinue too. Nobody knows hov many but the evidence points t a decline almost as rapid BL the 'increase in medically-approved legal- abortions. Drop In Deaths The availability of medically approved abortions has causei a drastic drop in the number o maternal deaths, according two Washington doctors. Dr. William Peterson, chair man of Washington Hospita Center's department of obstet rics and gynecology and direc tor of its abortion clinic, sai there has not been a materna death due to a botched abortion or resulting infection in the dis trict since 1970. About half of all materna deaths in the city were due tc botched abortions or resullini infections until that year, hi said. There were 11 materna deaths due to childbirth o pregnancy in Washingtonn in 1970. Dr. William Washington, ex eculive director of D.C. Gener al Hospital, said the number o infected cases markedly." "has droppec "We used to run about 875 a year," lie said. "Now that ha dropped off 40 per cent." Washington, Peterson am others familiar with the abor tion practice agreed the Dis trict has become attractive t abortion-seekers from man' stales. Yet, it does not riva New York in the number o abortions performed. Tha p state, which has the nation most liberal abortion law,' re ported 164,000 legal abortions ii the first year. The four District clinics sa; most, patients are from Wash ington and its suburbs. But a one, Pre-Birtli, director Philli; Brown said one-third of th Levi's Lee Jackets THE Western Wear 912 9th Ave. salients now come fronrout of "iÂ£ area. LargÂ«st Contingent Women from the South and Vtidwest form the largest con- ingent of patients from other han the Washington area, but he clinic directors expect that to change as the legal bans fall away in those states. . Washington may be unique in :hat abortion became legally accepted despite no change in its 71-year-old abortion law and even a Supreme Court endorsement of that law. _ The 1901 law permilted abor- lions only when necessary "for the preservation of the mother's life or health." A federal district court judge ruled the law unconstitutionally vague, and, during the 17 months the ease was on appeal, doctors began performing abortions. When the Supreme Court upheld the law as constitutional in April 1971, it interpreted it : to include "psychological as wel as physical well being" of the mother. The court also rulet that if a doctor were arrestec the burden would be on the prosecutor to prove the abortion was not necessary, insteac of on the doctor to prove'that-il was. Â· - - Social Change ."Even now," said Dr. Peterson, "the doctor may be callec on to say he has determined an abortion is in the best interests of the mother. But there has been social change, and doctors are more willing lo do it." With new legal freedom anc the demand for abortions high the clinic practice has grown. The most restrictive anc highest-priced, Washington Hos pital Center; reported more than 3,400 abortions in its firs year. Pre-Birth does 150 a week and Hillcrest, the newest, does 120 a week. Preterm, designed as a re search facility as well as a clin ic, reports 280 a week. The lat ter three charge Â§150 for th a b o r t i o n , counseling, c o n fraceptives and checkups. Tin hospital clinic charges $175. Pre-Birth and Hillcrest an privately owned and operatet for a profit. The hospital clinii and Preterm are nonprofit. Dr. Washington said D. C General also plans an out patient abortion clinic, .thougl now it is limited to 70-75 abor fions per month - 'on' an patient basis.- Â· Aborlions-.also are. performec in most of. the city's hospitals but room rales run up the cost Development of the 15-minute suction technique used in early pregnancy has made overnigh Iwspitalization unnecessary in most cases, the.doctors said. Some contend the clinics a., well as the hospitals still are too restrictive. The D.C. Chap ter of the Women's Naliona Abortion Action Coalition ha launched a campaign agains age and consent requirements. Requires Consent Washington Hospital Cenle requires parental consent fo girls under 21 and the othe: three clinics require consent fo under-18 patients. Hillcrest am the hospital clinic require th husband's consent if the woman is married; the other two dc not. Tire slatistics show that even at (he clinics which do not de mand a husband's consent, by Corn Silage: high in TDIM, .excellent source of energy SUPERSTAR NK Corn hybrids are your best choice for high quality sitege High groin conlonl is essential when shooting for lop feed value from silage corn and Norllirup King hybrids will deliver this high grain-lo-slover ratio. VVhal is Ilie best lime in cut corn for silnge? Kescarchcrs recommend silage making when the grain is denier! and ginned and TON content is highesl. Assure yourself of top quality silage by ordering NK corn Â· from us today. ANDERSON SEED CO 71410th ST. GREELEY,COLORADO ' NORTHRUP KING SEEDS r the majority of palienls are ngle. Most, too, are young. Hill- rest says half its patients are inder 21. "ftje racial breakdown urn about 50-56 at two of the inics; whites are the majority the other two. Most patients pay their way, rnie with private health insur- nce, some with Medicaid, but clinic directors stress that ie poor are welcome and that fees are scaled down lo zero it need be in poverty cases. The doctors interviewed insist that abortion should be legal, but not all arc persuaded that it is the best solution to avoid an unwanted child. "I'm convinced that very few women want, really want, an abortion," said Peterson. "I would like to think we would get to the point that con traceptives would be so widely SOCIAL company before you reach 65. S E C U R I T T Most P rivale insurance companies adjust their coverage at (distins al Jiswcrs U,S.KrMTMEHTOf HEALTH, I Q. I've been carrying my own health insurance for years. Since I'm getting close to 65, I was wondering if I should keep my own private insurance or enroll in Medicare. Can you help me decide? A. Check with your insurance Fri., April U, 1972 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 17 C5 so.that your new policy pays only for items not covered by Medicare. Don't delay, because you must enroll before the month of your 65th birthday to get full Medicare protection as soon as you're 65. at Oxford University. Formerly !lie bell warned undergraduates it was time to return to the Curfew Bell Famous .OXFORD, England - A famous curfew bell, "Great used, abortions would no longer Tom," strikes 101 times, start- be necessary. But no, I don't ing at 9:05 o'clock every night, think that's going to happen. 1 ' in tbe lower of Christ Church campus. Now the ringing commemorates the 101 founders of the Christ Church College. 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