Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply: The term "partial-birth abortion"
was carefully crafted to inflame, not to illuminate. It is not a medical term.
As observed by Annas,1 "...what makes the
term ‘partial-birth abortion' politically powerful is its inaccurate
conflation of two polar-opposite results of pregnancy, birth and abortion."
Hence, physicians should not use the phrase.
Grimes DA. The Law, the AMA, and Partial-Birth Abortion—Reply. JAMA. 1999;282(1):23-27. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-1-jbk0707