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Selective abortion

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 19 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1004

Doctors who perform abortions for social reasons are social technicians

  1. Gregory Gardner, Locum general practitioner
  1. 64 Chelworth Road, Birmingham B38 0AE

    EDITOR,—Richard L Berkowitz's editorial on multifetal pregnancy reduction describes a phenomenon that has been in evidence since abortion began but that has received little attention.1 Referring to reduction abortion procedures that are performed for social reasons, Berkowitz uncovers something at the heart of the debate on abortion.

    Social abortions have nothing to do with the prevention, healing, or palliation of diseases. They have little in common with medicine or surgery except in so far …

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