As a matter of common law in England and the United States, abortion was illegal anytime after quickening—when the movements of the fetus could first be felt by the woman.
However, abortions continue to be common in many areas, even where they are illegal.
Some Soviet allies (Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Romania) legalized abortion in the late 1950s under pressure from the Soviets.
In the United Kingdom, the Abortion Act of 1967 clarified and prescribed abortions as legal up to 24 weeks.
In rural areas, these were often old women who had no medical training, which made their services very dangerous to the women's health.
In November 1920 the Soviet regime legalized abortion in state hospitals.