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Letter to the Editor March 27
Published 3/27/2012
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Technically speaking, we are all survivors of abortions

So Gianna Jessen, because she survived a botched abortion on behalf of her 17-year-old mother, therefore thinks she is exceptional and abortion should be illegal. Well, the National Library of Medicine has news for her and for the rest of us.
"It is estimated that up to half of all fertilized eggs die and are lost (aborted) spontaneously, usually before the woman knows she is pregnant. Among those women who know they are pregnant, the miscarriage rate is about 15-20%. Most miscarriages occur during the first 7 weeks of pregnancy."

So take heart, Gianna, we are all abortion survivors. Fully 50 percent of our fellow fertilized eggs got aborted. 

So it is really no big deal.

Ralph Nielsen
retired faculty, University of Idaho

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