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July 7, 1999

The Law, the AMA, and Partial-Birth Abortion—Reply

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

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

In Reply: The term "partial-birth abortion" was carefully crafted to inflame, not to illuminate. It is not a medical term. As observed by Annas,1 "...what makes the term ‘partial-birth abortion' politically powerful is its inaccurate conflation of two polar-opposite results of pregnancy, birth and abortion." Hence, physicians should not use the phrase.