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Controversial Abortion Pill

December 13, 1990

Your editorial says doctors have a "responsibility" under the Hippocratic oath to give people RU-486 "as a safe alternative to surgical abortions."

This would be news to Hippocrates. His oath, the basis for civilized medicine, states, "I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly, I will not give a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art."

MICHAEL ENGLER

Santa Barbara

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