Medicine: A Thymus for Maggie

Medical and ethical debate over liberalized abortion laws has centered on the woman and the unborn child. A byproduct of legal abortions, however, can affect the vital interests of a third party: a desperately ill youngster who can be helped by a transplant from an aborted fetus. Such operations are still rare. But Dr. Arthur Ammann of the University of California's San Francisco Medical Center has performed two gland transplants that may encourage increasing use of fetal tissue.

Magdalena Vozaites, 5, is the daughter of a Greek immigrant family living in Daly City, Calif. The victim of a birth defect that...

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