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"Wasted Lesson in Morals" (see related A), 1670 Godfried Schalcken (1643-1706) Mauritshuis Museum, The Hague, Netherlands

In this series of two paintings, the first shows a woman who "wasted her morals". In the first she holds a box and in the second, her urine is being "tested" or "tasted". The box probably is an emblem of Pandora's box, where only "hope" remains and may also represent the womb or uterus, which this lady probably "hopes" is fetus-free. In the second picture, apparently the "urine test" was "positive" for "pregnancy". The "Doctors" then were called "piss-prophets". 

Many, if not most pregnancies (depending in what country) are "accidental". Such view implies that most women are "idiotic" - in the sense that the term means "no idea" - women often get pregnance "by mistake". In be argued that the majority of "sexually active" (a simpler crude way is to say "engaged in coitus") are aware that pregnancy may follow - not avoiding getting pregnant and "accidental" gestations are not equivalent notions ... Statistics shows that "surprise" pregnancies are the main reason behind most "induced" abortions (among in euphemistic terms for abortion is "termination of pregnancy"). Such "terminations" are very numerous and in most instances the fetus is entirely normal. Therefore, not spontaneous abortions, that is induced, are not "medical" in nature since Medicine implies saving lives - "terminations of pregnancy" are rather "social-political" intervention. 

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