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July 7, 1999

The Law, the AMA, and Partial-Birth Abortion

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(1):23-27. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-1-jbk0707

To the Editor: Dr Lundberg considers late intact D&X abortion to be a religious issue.1 Does he also consider female "circumcision" to be a "religious issue"? Was legislation that was passed to make it illegal to perform this latter "surgery" deplorable because it is a "religious issue"?

Both are social issues, the latter especially so. The message given to children in this country when we say that late-pregnancy fetuses can be killed in this manner is that life is not valuable—that someone else's life, especially a fetus', is dispensable if it interferes with what we want to do.