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Gynecological Hospitals Swamped With Abortion Requests

May 20, 1986

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ Women fearing the effects of increased radiation after the Chernobyl nuclear accident have swamped gynecological clinics in Belgrade with requests for abortions, the daily Vecernje Novosti said Tuesday.

The Belgrade paper gave no indication of the number of women seeking abortions. It said that although the fears were unfounded, doctors were granting the requests. Abortions are widely available here.

Belgrade officials advised caution for children and pregnant women in the wake of the April 26 explosion at the Soviet nuclear power plant that increased radiation levels across Europe.

Several Yugoslav women students who lived in the Soviet Union near the contaminated area of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant were advised not to have children in the next five years, informed sources said.

Bane Petrovic of Belgrade University’s radiology department recommended stepped-up intake of calcium for children to prevent the buildup of radioactive isotopes in their bones.

Children have received calcium with school meals in Belgrade, and doctors prescribe calcium tables to all children and pregnant women that want them.

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