OB/GYN Organization Wants More Abortion Training and More Abortionist!
Posted by MDViews on January 23, 2009
In the spirit of updating those of you who are not OB/GYN doctors, I’m reporting on the latest American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) Committee Opinion, #424 issued this month, January 2009.
The title is Abortion Access and Training. The abstract from the document follows.
ABSTRACT: Despite a decrease in abortion rates over the past decade, numerous political, social, and provider barriers limit access to abortion services. Barriers include state restrictions and mandates limiting access, lack of public funding for abortion services, and the decrease in abortion providers. Abortion education and training are limited in medical schools and in residency programs. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports education in family planning and abortion for both medical students and residents and abortion training among residents. In addition, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports availability of reproductive health services for all women, including strategies to reduce unintended pregnancy and to improve access to safe abortion services.
Some comments about the article. They cite the decrease in abortions (2005 was the lowest per capita rate since 1974) to better family planning, more contraception and better contraceptives which led to fewer unintended pregnancies. Funny, what else happened in 2000 that might have led to a decrease in unintended pregnancy, something that gets no mention? How about abstinence education. The decrease in abortion corresponded to more widespread acceptance of abstinence education which embodies a respect for life.
The article bemoans no federal funding for abortion and lack of universal insurance coverage for abortion, two development for which I praise God.
State mandated restrictions on abortion, such as waiting periods, mandatory consent forms, parental notification are all given the thumbs down by the authors. Which must means those laws are helping. How wonderful!
Abortionist’s numbers have declined from 2,042 in 1996 to 1,787 in 2005. How heartwarming! What follows is the paragraph at the end of that section which should give hope to all those pro-life people who walk outside abortuaries, picket abortionists homes and expose abortionists publicly.
Abortion may take place in an atmosphere of controversy, harassment, and sometimes violence (13). [I disagree. Prolife folks are some of the most kind and gentle people in the world. The pro-aborts just wish we were violent. We are not.]The highly charged emotional and political debate stigmatizes the women who undergo abortion and the providers who offer abortion. In addition to creating a barrier for seeking care, this negative atmosphere may be a deterrent to training providers and offering reproductive health services.
In other words, our efforts are worthwhile and working!! Big time! It’s one thing for an abortionist to knock down big bucks for easy work (killing is never hard) in the privacy of some clinic in the inner city where none of his friends can see. It’s ugly and shaming, however, to have several people on his sidewalk where all his neighbors can see carrying signs identifying him as an abortionist! His kids don’t like it. His spouse doesn’t like it. The neighbors don’t like the attention. The news people may show up. Dear, oh dear. The light of day has such a sanitizing effect.
Next, the article discusses the unfortunate occurrence of “opt-in” for abortion and family planning training for medical students. In other words, medical students have to make an effort to take a course that exposes them to abortion. Not many do. In OB/GYN residencies, abortion training is also more of an “opt-in” event than a required event as well. Doctors who object to abortion on moral or religious grounds can opt out. (It was not always so.) In 2004, 51% of programs offered routine abortion training, 39% offered elective training and 10% offered no training at all.
My own experience in residency training was, well, terrible. I was pro-life but had to help in the abortion clinic. It’s a long story which I have told to many pro-life groups through the years. Stories like mine are what led to the abortion service being made elective in residencies. Maybe I’ll post my story one day.
They end the article with a call for all medical student and OB/GYN residents to be educated about family planning and abortion as a routine part of medical school and residency training.
Overall, the Committee Opinion lifted my spirits. They would not write something like that unless they were frustrated with the state of things and worried about the graying of the abortionists in America. Praise God!