Dr. John Fletcher from the National Institutes of Health, reacts to the tendency of couples to ask for an ultrasound to determine whether or not the baby is a boy or girl, with the purpose of aborting if it’s the wrong gender. He disagrees with this reason for abortion but realizes he must support it or else be a hypocrite. He says that ultrasounds must be done in these cases.
“The existence of some trivial reasons should not deter us from the larger goal of protecting the right of women to make such decisions in the first place… It is inconsistent to support an abortion law that protects the absolute right of women to decide and, at the same time, to block access to information about the fetus because one thinks that an abortion may be foolishly sought on the basis of the information.”
John C Fletcher “Ethics of Amniocentesis for Fetal Sex Identification” Sounding Board, New England Journal of Medicine 301, no. 10 (September 6, 1979) 551 from James Tunstead Burtechaell, C.S.C. Rachel Weeping: the Case against Abortion (San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row Publishers, 1982)Share on Facebook