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From: Ross Olson []
Sent: Friday, July 17, 2009 10:22 AM
To: Editor Star Tribune (
Subject: Jumping to Conclusions

Jumping to Conclusions

Two articles on July 17 illustrate the common assumptions you routinely fail to question. In "A
Believer in Two Worlds," reporting on Dr. Francis Collins' appointment as Director of the NIH, you
speak of science versus faith, equating Darwinism with science. Unfortunately, Collins is not a lot of
help here because he, although clearly a Christian, does not apply the rules of science to evolution and
realize that the evidence is directly counter to it. See for links to 140 web sites that
expose the common misconceptions.

In bemoaning the pro-choice legislators' lack of militancy in protecting abortion providers, Robyn
Blumner assumes that abortion "brings hope and vanquishes misery on a towering scale." The tragic
truth is that abortion leads to long term emotional consequences, not to mention physical sequelae,
and fails to live up to the promise of allowing a woman to "get on with her life." See my article
"It's Not Good For Women (Or Men)" posted on

Ross S. Olson MD

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