Excerpts from a diary concerning the thoughts, feelings, and experiences which are involved when undergoing an abortion are presented. The patient had a difficult time coming to the decision to have an abortion. She could accept the abortion rationally but not emotionally. She had the feeling that she could not determine her own course of action, and that others were not sympathetic to her plight. The patient declares that "abortion is a necessary evil". Before the abortion, the patient felt alone. She felt guilt and that no one was supportive. After the abortion, the patient, a mother of several children, felt the need to hold and touch other babies, an indication that she had not fully come to terms with her feelings about the abortion.
The aid that the Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA) affords to developing countries is discussed. 10 ''program countries'' are given direct aid through this agency: Bangladesh, Botswana, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Vietnam, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Zambia. The receiving country decides what it will do with the money. SIDA grants aid to other international organizations, as well as Swedish organizations. Family planning aid is provided separately from other medical service aid. Many native personnel are trained to do the jobs performed by Swedish personnel, which saves money and helps the country to approach the goal set for it by SIDA: national self-sufficiency. Health and nutrition specialists try to educate the population about sanitation and nutrition, and in the process learn much themselves, since many specialists are ''overspecialized.'' The family planning aid that has been received comprises about 5-6% of total aid given and has been received with varying shades of enthusiasm. Research in the areas of demography, economy, and social development as well as population and family planning instruction are under the auspices of the family planning branch. Sweden is the 2nd largest world donor of population planning aid.