Attempted Suicide in Response to Refusal of Elective Abortion
The Hyde Amendment has restricted availability of abortion by limiting federal reimbursement for abortions to cases where there is a threat to the life of the mother. This ruling has had some unforeseen effects on the lives of indigent women. This paper presents three cases in which patients attempted self-abortion or suicide because they could not pay for legal terination of an unwanted pregnancy. The paper also suggests a simple method for screening wome for negative reactions to pregnancy.