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From: Ross Olson []
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 10:05 AM
To: Editor Star Tribune (
Subject: OK, Let's Talk About Science

OK, Let's Talk About Science

Professor Susan Wolf's commentary on bioethics touches on a crucial topic but does not get it quite right (1/26/09). There are certain scientific facts that are not shown the light of day because of political correctness and misguided definitions of hate crimes. For example, the devastating long term psychological effects on those who "choose" abortion are suppressed by those who rightly recognize that this knowledge may "interfere with a woman's ability to choose." And discussion of the physical and emotional morbidity -- indeed the significantly shortened lifespan -- of the homosexual lifestyle is wrongly equated with discrimination. And why is there no full discussion of "the right to die," which has become "the obligation to die" in the vulnerable minds of many sensitive elderly, and the fact that in Holland this has morphed into a doctor's power to terminate a life he or she feels is "not worth living." And do we really want doctors who have no internal moral compass, but routinely violate their own consciences to follow the dictates of their professional societies or governments? Does anyone remember the doctors of the Holocaust?

Ross S. Olson MD

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