To the Editor: The following abstract prepared by Dr. Agnes Schweitzer is forwarded to you in the belief that it adds another arguement against liberalized abortions and points out that such procedures may lead to an increased incidence of premature births. Abortion is legal and medicine is socialized in Hungary. For this reason, any data issued from there on this subject is likely to be very close to the true figures, both as to numbers involved and as to possible complications when abortions are performed under medically satisfactory circumstances.
The rate of premature birth as a percentage of all live births has increased annually in Hungary from 7.75% in 1956 to 9.68% in 1961. In Budapest, the prematurity rate was over 14% in 1962. Those rates are different from those in East Germany (5.5%) and England (6.1-6.3%) although these countries have undergone the same industrialization and urbanization as has Hungary. Facts