My point is, of course, that we are on the verge of being able to artificially create real human life. As a society, we have many decisions to make with respect to that possibility. A country that began the glorious leap to its present economic and political height partially from the backs of a whole race of humans kept as chattel should know this better than most.

While I am grateful to Hentoff for bringing alternatives to our attention, I would dearly like to see us postpone those decisions until we have reached a point where all life produced in the natural way is held sacred. That may take some time.

Joan Johnston
Toronto, Canada


The photograph on page 62 of last week's Voice was miscredited ["Houses Divided," October 2]. It should have been attributed to Crissie Ferrara.

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