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Medical profession at last speaks out over abortion

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 18 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:422

In the 19th century the great division in America was slavery. In the second half of the 20th it has been abortion. Now a black doctor who leads a medical school that grew out of slavery has been thrust into the centre of America's abortion wars.

When Meharry Medical School's Dr Henry Foster was picked two weeks ago by President Clinton to become surgeon general, the news merited a couple of paragraphs in the national newspapers. But by the end of last week the New York Times was dedicating a full new page a day to the man who would become America's chief public health officer. And, drawn into the war it had so carefully avoided, the medical establishment has lined up behind Dr Foster.

By all accounts, Henry Foster is an …

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