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Maryland abortion law is clear

There are flagrant, undefined loopholes in Maryland's abortion law. That's what letter writer Jeffrey D. Meister, director of administration and legislation for Maryland Right to Life, would have us think ("Maryland has de factor abortion on demand," May 17).

What do "health" and a minor's "best interests" mean under Maryland's abortion law? Their plain meaning is derived from an ordinary understanding of the words, most often found in a dictionary. That's the analysis favored by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Health is the "condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit," according to http://www.merriam-webster.com.

Interest is defined as "advantage; good; benefit" in Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary.

When a physician violates the clearly defined provisions of the law, he or she is subject to civil or criminal penalty.

Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg, Baltimore

The writer, a Democrat, represents Baltimore District 41 in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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