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February 16, 1990


Author Affiliations

The American Academy of Medical Ethics Oklahoma City, Okla

The American Academy of Medical Ethics Oklahoma City, Okla

JAMA. 1990;263(7):945-946. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440070031012

To the Editor.—  The highly emotional story by Dr Furth1 should not go unbalanced. She makes the plea that illegal abortions should not be allowed because of her personal experience with an abortionist.I believe in a vigorous prosecution of illegal abortions regardless of the laws of the nation. Abortion is not a safe procedure even in the hands of physicians. I am aware of two deaths directly related to legal abortions in my city during this last year. Abortion is certainly less safe in the hands of the "quack" abortionist who has no idea what he or she is doing. A physician (or nonphysician) who performs an abortion that causes severe complications or death should be held liable either by civil or criminal penalty. Rather than focusing on the rare case of an illegal abortion that causes death, we should enforce laws that regulate abortion. It is my