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Letters Assisted dying

Abortion reform’s lessons for assisted dying

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 09 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4539
  1. Adrian M Houghton, general practitioner1
  1. 1Sheffield, UK
  1. meh125{at}

Godlee draws parallels between euthanasia and abortion reform in the 1960s.1 So let’s examine what happened after abortion legalisation in 1967. Lord Steel should know as he introduced the Abortion Bill. Forty years later he stated: “Everybody can agree that there are too many abortions . . . There is a mood now which is that if things go wrong you can get an …

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