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Thursday, Nov. 11, 1971 THE SHREVEPORT TIMES Theme Is Abortion Med School Professor Has Article Published By Margaret Martin Times Medical Writer An article by Louisiana State University Medical School at Shreveport professor, Dr. Rob-ert D. Knapp, appeared in the October issue of ''Canadian Family Physician." The a r t i c l e , "Abortion: A Threat to the Medical Profes-sion" deals with his feelings on the subject, as well as the feelings of various physician groups he interviewed while on a trip to Europe. It follows an article he did last October for ''The Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society, "Similarly I Will Not . . . Cause Abortion." In his article in the Canadian publication, Knapp said "when physicians participate in abor-t i o n for non life-threatening indications, or even approve of other physicians doing so, they dishonor great physicians of the past and they debase their profession." Knapp feels- that among all the changes the medical profes-sion is undergoing at this time, "those relating to abortion seem the most dangerous because of important interprofessional re-percussions." He feels that the arguments used on philosophical, theologi-cal and legal grounds that the embryo is- or is not alive or a person are unfounded. "Such grounds at one time were the only ones available," he says in the journal, "but surely the invention of the microscope and the elaboration of sophisticated m e t h o d s of using that instrument have changed the picture . . ." And, Knapp says, "most im-portant was Pasteur's demon-stration that spontaneous gener-ation does not occur, that living things arise only from living things, that life, in effect, no longer begins — life continues, or it ceases." Knapp says he feels that physicians should put aside theological and political views, in their roles as doctors. He also said that he thinks certain positive attitudes of doctors towards abortion will have a bearing on referrals from other members of the profession.
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Knapp, Robert D., Jr.
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|Source||Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport Medical Library (http://lib.sh.lsuhsc.edu)|
|Coverage-Spatial||Shreveport (Caddo, La.)|
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