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October 10, 1966

Therapeutic Abortion

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DO Grand Junction, Colo

JAMA. 1966;198(2):210. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110150158054

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To the Editor:—  I feel that the author of "Changing Attitudes Toward Therapeutic Abortion" (196:1140, 1966) has stepped outside the bounds of his purpose in the section under Comment. This portion of the paper admits to a great deal of tragedy and despair involved in spurious pregnancy and that which is associated with criminal rape. The tragedy and despair are an ever present part of human life and the examples given though they may deserve sympathy hardly warrent intervention by therapeutic abortion. In the article intervention is all too easily defined as therapeutic abortion which is a sterile term and ignores entirely the right to life possessed by the unborn child. This philosophy is Thomistic and well may be at variance with the author's. Still, it seems improper that the medical profession could allow itself to become the scapegoat of those suffering the social stigmata of spurious pregnancy and