Wednesday, December 12, 2007

ACOG puts politics ahead of women's welfare, docs' professionalism

National OBGYN Group Says Pro-Life Doctors Should Refer for Abortions
The national organization for obstetricians and gynecologists is coming under fire for a new policy saying all doctors, including those who are pro-life, should refer women to abortion centers.

1. As if a woman who really wants her baby dead can't use the Yellow Pages. Clearly the intent here isn't to ensure "access" to somebody who will kill the baby. It's to force doctors to participate in abortion, if only by referring for them.

2. ACOG has taken a public stand against informed consent laws for abortion, on the spurious grounds that stressed-out women -- or even teenage girls -- have the ability to get all the information they need on their own to make decisions about the risks of abortion as it relates to them. How is it that these same women, who the ACOG considers smart and well-educated enough to get to a medical library and sort through scores of journal articles, are too clueless to use a phone book? Again, clearly the intent here isn't to ensure "access" to somebody who will kill the baby. It's to force doctors of conscience to participate in abortion.

3. What right do these abortion enthusiasts have to demand that other doctors harm their patients? Aside from the fact that it makes her the mother of a dead baby (Nobody's been able to satisfactorily explain to me how this helps women who don't hate babies.), abortion increases her risk of STDs, future infertility, ectopic pregnancy, suicide, poverty, drug abuse, and problems with future pregnancies. It takes balls of pure bronze, and hearts of stone, to demand that other doctors harm the women who trust them, just to satisfy your political preferences.

Here's where they go totally over the top. The Christian Medical Association quotes the ACOG:

Providers with moral or religious objections [to abortion] should ... practice in proximity to individuals who do not share their views....

You gotta be kidding! The ACOG wants prolife doctors to move their practices for the convenience of those patients who prefer dead babies to live ones!

Again, we need to clearly divide the medical community into the Hippocratic practitioners, and the "progressives". Let those who embrace practices such as abortion and euthanasia clearly be distinguished from those who reject killing as a "cure", and let the patients choose who to trust for their medical care.

Isn't it supposedly all about "choice"?

Clearly not. It's all about abortion.

And it's all about putting the preferences of women who prefer dead fetuses to live babies ahead of the rest of the world. These people just won't be satisified until they can force every living human being to participate in abortion.

I've just gotten off the phone with ACOG -- after being bounced around through several parties who were not the party to speak to. And the contact person is a Mary Mitchel. I won't give her email, but I'm sure you can give her a call or address mail to her at ACOG:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th St., S.W., PO Box 96920
Washington, D.C. 20090-6920
(202) 638-5577

Yeah, some abortion enthusiasts will give kudos to ACOG for being in the abortion lobby's back pocket, but I'm guessing that those who think everybody has an obligation to participate in abortion are in the minority. Even many prochoice people ought to recognize that people have a right to abstain from participating in killing, and that doctors have an obligation to refrain from harming their patients.

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