MATERNITY BOARDING HOUSES 8I
medical officer of health such information as may be called for from time to time.
This legislation has been found necessary owing to the number of cases in which it was found that places of this description were used for the purpose of the performance of illegal operations and the disposal of infants for rewards without regard to any humane consideration. The medical officer of health under The Public Health Act as it stands at present is independent to a great extent of the control of the council, and is removed from influences which might further the toleration of gross abuses in the keeping of places of this description.
The Act of 1887 was passed before The Children's Protection Act recognized officially the children's aid societies and provided for the office of the Superintendent of Neglected and Dependent Children. Under the law, as it now stands, it is practically impossible for any person to conduct places for the systematic practice of abortion and the secret disposal of children without the certainty of detection and punishment and the legislation has resulted in the almost total disappearance of the abuses to which it was directed.