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October 7, 1974

Tay-Sachs Disease

Author Affiliations

Rabbi Toledo, Ohio

JAMA. 1974;230(1):38. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240010022020

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To the Editor.—  Angels rush in where rabbis ought tread delicately. Fred Rosner, MD, (228:829, 1974) suggested that Jews generally share his position of total opposition to abortion, even when amniocentesis indicates Tay-Sachs disease. Dr. Rosner has every right to reject abortion in such instances (though he is not likely to ever carry a baby) and to recommend against it on moral grounds. I have every right to consider his position nonsensical and a traducing, rather than a fulfilling, of the tradition we share. Rabbis of the Reform and Conservative movement share the view I express, along with many of the Orthodox group.