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February 10, 1975


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JAMA. 1975;231(6):570-571. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03240180011009

To the Editor.—  A COMMENTARY cannot hope to cover in a single page or two the many nuances of a problem so complex as abortion. In the annotation of the Oct 14, 1974, issue of The Journal, I called attention to two points particularly: (1) responsibility and (2) reverence for life. Of course, these have many, many facets, and there are myriad factors beside, which could be addressed just as well. Our correspondents have touched on some of these. One infers that and another enquires if I am "really unaware of the innumerable unwanted children born to mothers of the lower socioeconomic orders because abortion was unavailable to them," an ironic comment for one who happens to have been one of these, raised as I was among scores of them in an orphanage. Who is it that will say we should not have been born?To focus again on responsibility,