Medicine: Setback for Abortion

As a doctor, Kenneth Edelin, 36, has spent his career at Boston City Hospital attempting to preserve and prolong lives. Last week he was convicted of taking one. After seven hours of deliberation, a superior court jury of nine men and three women in Boston found him guilty of manslaughter in the death of a fetus that he had aborted. As a result of the verdict, the popular obstetrician faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years. If the decision is upheld on appeal and if it is accepted as valid precedent by...

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