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August 17, 1970

Troubled Waters

JAMA. 1970;213(7):1182-1183. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170330062010

In the current debate on the abortion issue, which seems to have become only more muddled with passage of the amended resolution at the recent AMA annual convention in Chicago, it would seem that a few more observations could do no harm. First, the widely publicized urging by the president of the National Federation of Catholic Physicians' Guilds that its 6,000 members resign from the American Medical Association is ill-timed and in poor taste. Such tactics, no matter for what purpose intended, are of little service to either those physicians or to the remaining membership of the American Medical Association—except perhaps to return Catholic physicians to that parochialism from which they have just now been emerging. Again, we strongly object to the type of argument expressed by another officer of NFCPG in the June 29 issue of American Medical News. He states that he feels the same contempt for a