Letters: Pregnant with moral dilemmas

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Sir: I agree with Dr Kate O'Kelly (letters, 12 August) about the desirability of making adoption a more attractive choice for women with unwanted pregnancies. Unfortunately, for many such women, from 14-year- old schoolgirls to women who already have children, the attraction of abortion is that, whatever the private emotional pain experienced, the pregnancy becomes to outward appearances as if it had never existed. The schoolgirl can continue her studies virtually uninterrupted, and the mother does not have to explain to her children why she is giving away their new sibling.

JANE NEWMAN

Southampton

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