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Blakeslee, Sandra. "Doctors Debate Surgery's Place in the Maternity Ward," New York Times,
24 March 1985, p. 24E.

Caesarian sections are growing in popularity and now are used in about 20 per cent of the
deliveries in the U.S. There is an organization opposed to the practice: the Caesarian Prevention
Movement of Syracuse, New York, founded by Esther Zorn. She is opposed to C sections and to
the medical profession's uncritical acceptance of them. Physicians are saying, in this age of
malpractice, that they never get sued for a C section. The surgery is regarded as "heroic" and just
what the patient expects.

The old rule was that once a C section, always a C section. It has been found that this is not the
case.

Physicians report that C sections are much safer now than they used to be and this is the reason
they are done so often.

The sides are being drawn in this continuing controversy.