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Readers Split on Bar Assn. Abortion Vote

July 29, 1990

Some of us who have never studied law wonder about the legal status of a fetus or a baby in the womb--whichever way one prefers to think of it. When does it become a citizen of the United States of America with all the legal rights of a citizen? Does it have these rights when it is conceived? When it is capable of living as a separate organism? When it is born and the cord is cut? When the birth is recorded? Does an aborted fetus have any legal rights?

Perhaps the answers to these questions should form the basis of the stand that the American Bar Assn. takes on abortion.

MARGARET W. ROMANI

Los Angeles

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