Selective Birth in Twin Pregnancy

Margaret A. Somerville, N. S. Hagen, Wallace J. Matthews, Robert E. Petres, Fay Redwine, Frederick Hecht, Thomas D. Kerenyi, Usha Chitkara

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To the Editor: Is killing a fetus in utero without its evacuation governed by the same principles as abortion? Kerenyi and Chitkara seem to assume that the two situations are identical (June 18 issue).1 But a right to abortion may be limited to evacuation of the uterus and may only allow destruction of the fetus when destruction is a reasonably unavoidable consequence of the evacuation.2 Such an approach is consistent with basing the right to abortion on the right to privacy, which encompasses personal autonomy or self-determination — the right to do what one wishes with one's own body. For. . .

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1218-1219
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number20
StatePublished - 12 Nov 1981


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