The idea of abortion versus the idea of killing

In a chapter about abortion and a medical textbook written shortly before Roe versus Wade, it says:

“Through public conditioning, use of language, concepts and laws, the idea of abortion can be separated from the idea of killing.”

Leonide M. Tanner, ed., “Developing Professional Parameters: Nursing and Social Work Roles in the Care of the Induced Abortion Patient” Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology 14 (December 1971): 1271

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3 Responses to The idea of abortion versus the idea of killing

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  2. John Ward says:

    Dear Sarah,

    I just wanted to thank you for the article you wrote on a fifteen-year-old girl whose baby was saved.
    Listed below is a comment on one event which happened in 1985 at Ohio State Univ.

    John Ward

    After walking into the Calculus class and setting my books down, I looked at my students. “What’s everyone smiling for?” One young lady sitting on the front row held up a sheet of newspaper and simply smiled with her eyes closed and her face away from the newspaper and towards the floor. I glanced at the paper. “Well, I’ll be. They actually published my letter. (six second pause) Well, anything you would like to say? (three second pause) We have time. Any thoughts? (five second pause) No? Okay, we are up to page …” What happened?
    After I had read an article from a male student who said how wonderful it was that abortion was made legal, I read it a second time. After softly saying “I don’t want anyone here to think that everyone thinks this way.”, I wrote a brief response and mailed that to the campus newsroom.

    I basically said three things:
    1) “Well, abortion is murder, you know.”
    2) “For every ten children that are available to be adopted, there are about thirty-three married couples who are trying to find a child to adopt.”
    3) “If a woman is raped, if she goes to a church or police station or hospital or courthouse in less than forty-eight hours, if she says what happened, if she states that she does not want to give birth to a child and if possible life within her is removed less than seventy-two hours after the rape, then, while I do not support that, I can understand that. However, if the abortion is conducted more than seventy-two hours after the rape, then I certainly cannot either understand or support that.”

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