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February 16, 1990


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Thomasville, NC

Thomasville, NC

JAMA. 1990;263(7):945. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440070031011

To the Editor.—  The article about abortion by Dr Furth1 in the September 15, 1989 issue of JAMA is truly heartrending. Indeed, it at first seemed to make my pro-life stance emotionally untenable. Life is precious, and Dr Furth portrayed eloquently the agony one feels over the butchery of a young woman at the hands of a back-alley abortionist. I also appreciate that many individuals have gained from Dr Furth's life and practice.However, there is another life to consider in each of her stories, one who is voiceless unless someone else speaks. Justification for the protection of abortion can be made only by one of two arguments: the fetus is not human life and therefore does not deserve protection or the ends of abortion justify the means. Who can say that the fetus is not alive and a separate genetic entity? Its humanity (state of being Homo