Year: 1984 Source: Ohio State Medical Journal, v.80, no.11, (November 1984), p.801-803 SIEC No: 19860380

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.