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Re: OT: sponge burning!

On Sun, Feb 25, 2007 at 11:14:05AM -0800, Michael M. wrote:
> a·bor·tion (??-bôr'sh??n)
> n.
> 1. a. Termination of pregnancy and expulsion of an embryo or of a fetus
> that is incapable of survival.
>    b. Any of various procedures that result in such termination and
> expulsion. Also called induced abortion.
> 2. The premature expulsion of a nonviable fetus from the uterus; a
> miscarriage.
> 3. Cessation of normal growth, especially of an organ or other body
> part, prior to full development or maturation.
> 4. An aborted organism.
> 5. Something malformed or incompletely developed; a monstrosity.
> Don't see anything about "murder" there.
None of them say anything about aborting a viable fetus either.
Recently, there was a case of a premature baby (born at 22 weeks)
surviving.  The previous record had been at 23 weeks.  Thus, at the very
least that is viable.  However, 2nd trimester abortions are pretty much
universally legal.  But then, those abortions don't fit your definition,
since they are viable.



Roberto C. Sanchez

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