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Sir: I was interested to read the criticisms of Amanda

Craig's article from Mr David Paintin (Letters, 19 January). Perhaps what Mr Paintin wanted was a kind of advertisement for the services of the abor- tionist, yet instead the truly horrific facts of the clinical practice of abortion were printed.

What Mr Paintin has failed to see is that half-truths help no one. If abortion is so easily justifiable, why is he clearly embar- rassed by the publication of what it literally involves?

Stewart Finn

40 School Field, Bamber Bridge, Preston, Lancashire