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I have listened to the February segment on climate change several times. I agree with what Dr. Lemery has to say and I thank EMRAP for being a forum for open minded conversation on potentially controversial topics. I agree that we should set aside politics on such subjects and consider the indisputable scientific facts.I would like to do the same with another controversial subject, setting aside politics and emotion and just speak to the facts. In 2017 there were 862,320 elective abortions performed in the United States, or on average 2632 each day. According to the Journal of Contraception 12% of these were done to benefit the health of the mother or because of health concerns for the fetus. According to the Guttmacher Institute 1% of these were done secondary to rape or insist. The remaining 87% were performed to address socioeconomic and lifestyle issues.I am not trying to change anyone’s politics nor am I advocating for legislative change. I am just presenting scientific facts that we as physicians cannot nor should not ignore. This is a health and public heath issue the same as climate change and many other vital issues that we as physicians and scientist need to come to grips with.The facts are these. Abortion ends a human life prematurely. 87% of elective abortions in the United States are performed secondary to socioeconomic and lifestyle issues. This means that 752, 218 human lives each year, or 2055 each day, are ended prematurely because of these issues. As physicians we cannot and should not ignore these facts. It is our duty to improve the lives of our patients and our society. There is much we can do to help the patients in front of us and our society as a whole that need not involve arguments, anger, judgement or legislative change.Respectfully,Dr. Brian Hoff
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