Medicine And The Media

Ironies in the abortion war

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 28 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:267

Brookline Massachusetts is a Boston suburb with a reputation for political radicalism. It is often referred to as the “people's republic” in the local press as the result of an activist stance not unlike that of Camden council in London. Beacon Street runs through Brookline much like Hampstead High Street runs through the heart of London's haven of comfortably off lefties. Here, yesterday, two innocent and apparently delightful young women were murdered in cold blood. Others were seriously injured in what are now described as the mad actions of a solitary young gunman. That these tragic events took place in a cosmopolitan and politically liberal Boston suburb strikes everyone as outrageous and unexpected. It brings home to the chattering classes the reality of the abortion war: no longer can isolated incidents at clinics in Florida or the mid-west be attributed to the …

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