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February 16, 1990


Author Affiliations

Novato, Calif

Novato, Calif

JAMA. 1990;263(7):946-947. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440070031016

To the Editor.—  The medical journals are blossoming now with commentaries on the Webster decision, and JAMA follows with the article by Allen and Pearse.1The position of the American Medical Association (AMA) is inconsistent with regard to abortion. The General Counsel of the AMA states, in the same issue: "To a large extent, abortion is a moral— not simply a medical or scientific— question."2How strange, in the face of such a remark, that the AMA has approved and promoted abortion as a matter of policy. For an organization, as for an individual, to divorce its activities from the moral realm (as the AMA has in cloaking its concern as purely "scientific") leads inevitably to immoral behavior and to the promotion of immoral behavior.There is no neutral position on a serious moral issue. There is no "scientific" position on genocide or murder or the killing of