Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Lundberg considers late intact
D&X abortion to be a religious issue.1
Does he also consider female "circumcision" to be a "religious issue"? Was
legislation that was passed to make it illegal to perform this latter "surgery"
deplorable because it is a "religious issue"?
Both are social issues, the latter especially so. The message given
to children in this country when we say that late-pregnancy fetuses can be
killed in this manner is that life is not valuable—that someone else's
life, especially a fetus', is dispensable if it interferes with what we want
Stanley JM. The Law, the AMA, and Partial-Birth Abortion. JAMA. 1999;282(1):23-27. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-1-jbk0707