Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Her patients are grateful. Which really pisses off some prochoicers.

British Doctor Under Investigation for Persuading Patients against Abortion

Dr. Tammie Downes is under fire with the medical board for having given her patients information that led them to reject abortion. The patients in question were grateful, and lodged no complaints, but a bastion of "choice" just can't stand the idea of happy moms and happy babies when there could have been tears and shredded fetuses:

In the Daily Mail interview, Dr. Downes said she asked women in crisis pregnancies, “What would have to change to make you see things differently? What would help you to see this baby as good news and not bad news?”

For defying the abortion-ideology that prevails in the British medical establishment, Dr. Downes is under investigation by the General Medical Council and may lose the right to practice medicine. The Guardian newspaper reported that the investigation was begun after a complaint by “a practising doctor involved in the pro-choice movement” accused Downes of breaching the GMC's Good Medical Practice Guidelines.

Now, in the UK, supposedly a legal abortion entails having two doctors examine the women and both agree that an abortion is actually in her best interests. In practice, of course, this means two doctors rubber-stamping an abortion request. But here Dr. Downes was, actually acting like a responsible physician, helping her patients.

Evidently the whole thing about wanting women to be able to choose "in consulation with her doctor" means ONLY that she should be able to choose abortion in consultation with her doctor. If she consults with her doctor and -- goddess forbid -- rejects abortion, why, she's been denied "choice"!

Only if choice equals abortion, and has nothing whatsoever to do with making an actual choice.


Steve said...

I certainly won't be surprised when something like this happens here.

Pro-choice my arse.

Jen R said...

Your link is broken. :)

Christina Dunigan said...

Fixed. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

ARRGGH, Just Argggh...

Maybe we can get her to come here and practice medicine...