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July 7, 1999

The Law, the AMA, and Partial-Birth Abortion

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(1):23-27. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-1-jbk0707

To the Editor: I thank Dr Lundberg for his candor in his editorial1 regarding abortion. I totally agree that this is a highly volatile and divisive subject that needs to be discussed and debated. However, I believe he has painted himself into an ethical corner by rationalizing on this issue.

Lundberg states, "[a]bortion is killing—regardless of length or stage of gestation." I think any sane and honest person would agree. But if this is true, then substituting the word "killing" for the word "abortion" in the rest of the paragraph, it reads:

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