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The Death Culture and Pro-Life Doctors on a Collision Course

Posted by MDViews on January 2, 2009

As a pro-life OB/GYN physician, I am especially troubled by the recent push by abortion groups to remove rights of conscience protections and legislate mandatory abortion referral or participation.

I enjoy my OB/GYN practice greatly. I was called into this profession, I believe, by God and feel blessed beyond belief. I am unashamedly pro-life and do not refer for abortion or perform abortion. I do not prescibe the mourning-after pill or place IUD’s as either could contribute to the loss of human life.

The rights-of-conscience rules just passed by HHS will be short lived, I fear. I would not be at all surprised to have Mr. Obama strike the rule as one of his first acts. Then what?

Pro-aborts argue that protections for us are already in the law. If that is so, why all the fuss over the new rule? Because the new rule put teeth into the law. It required health care entities receiving federal funds to demonstrate compliance. It’s hard to bully a pharmacist into dispensing an abortifacient and even harder to fire that pharmacist if the feds are watching. If word gets out to the incoming medical students and OB/GYN residents that they do not have to perform or refer for abortion, that will undermine ALL the teaching they currently receive in medical school and residency. The medical academics adamantly contend and teach that one may be allowed to be “anti-choice” but one must always refer a woman for abortion if she requests it. They contend it to be a moral and ethical duty. (Which is what the American College of OB/GYN and the American Board of OB/GYN recently pushed in their ethics committee opinion #385. Which is why all the fuss now over this issue.)

The first realization for us must be that we will not be the first to face this persecution and we are not alone in this coercion. The UK, way back in the 60’s and 70’s made participation in abortion by OB/GYN’s a rule. John Patrick, MD, a pro-life Christian doctor and philosopher, tells the story of the his children’s births in England. The pro-life OB/GYN who delivered his children was later denied a position because of his pro-lifeviews (he wouldn’t take his turn on the abortion service). He eventually had to change to family practice.

The flip side of this coin, euthanasia, will soon be faced by internists, family doctors and geriatricians dealing with end-of-life issues. Washington state has now passed the 2nd euthanasia law in the country. Other states will soon follow. Will there soon be a Roe v. Wade case for euthanasia winding its way through the legal system? Don’t be dazzled, dear reader, by such categories as active, passive, volutary or involuntary. Was the patient alive, and now dead? Did your act as a physician in some way contribute to that? Then it is euthanasia. The Dutch started with euthanasia with strict controls, but now admit it is actively practiced and most doctors who kill just falsify the death record to “avoid the red tape”. Voluntary always leads to involuntary and passive always leads to active.

Those who practice sin are never happy just to have permission. They want acceptance, moral agreement and participation. If euthanasia is now “allowed”, how long before it is required? Then, how long before medical students will no longer be admitted to medical school unless they sign a statement that they agree with participation in euthanasia? Should euthanasia become a requirement, we crusty old pro-lifers will raise a stink and a squeal, but the death industry has the press (main-stream media)  in its pocket. If pro-death crowd can stop pro-life students from being admitted to medical school, the outcry will soon fade.

John Patrick has proposed establishing an organization of Hippocratic hospitals and doctors and, in fact, has started such an organization in Canada. Hippocratic would mean holding to the tenants of the Hippocratic oath: transcendence ( that there is a higher power than ourselves namely God), the oath (as opposes to code) to fulfill one’s moral duty to the patient, respect for all life and sacred trust that all actions will be in the patient’s best interest. In such hospitals and with such doctors, a patient could be assured that their life would be preserved to its natural end (and not ended in the womb). One could envision such a system competing with those death hospitals and doctors–and then letting patients vote with their feet. Whether such a competing system would be allowed is unlikely, in my estimation.

So, dear reader, pray that when you are infirm, that the fee you pay your doctor for medical care is more than the fee someone gives him to end your life. Otherwise, you could be ushed out of this life at the whim of the one with the most money and the most power.

5 Responses to “The Death Culture and Pro-Life Doctors on a Collision Course”

  1. […] Gene Rudd, MD, who is a leader at the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) who spoke on rights of conscience issues, a topic that affects (and will affect even more as the new administration takes office) we […]

  2. MDViews said

    I read you blog. Very good. I’ve set up a link to your site.

  3. cschande said

    Great post! I really enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the good work. I’ve just started a new blog that will be highlighting the dangers of the secular progressive movement (pro-gay “rights”, pro-abortion, anti-religious freedoms, etc). Unfortunately, most Christians still don’t know what’s going on out there and the mainstream media certainly isn’t covering it.

    We’re looking to build a solid group of social conservatives who’ll frequent our site regularly and contribute to some good discussions. I hope you’ll check us out!

    If you’ll add us to your blogroll we’ll gladly add you to ours. Just drop us a comment over at our blog so that we’ll know to add you. Our blog is at http://religionandmorality.wordpress.com/

    Thanks!

  4. MDViews said

    That’s a good question. Catholic hospitals have already had to deal with this somewhat. Those Catholic hospitals that train OB/GYN residents did not provide “abortion training”, (as if the death business is hard to master) and some OB/GYN residents complained to ACOG. ACOG threatened to remove their certification, so now they have to send the OB/GYN residents who want abortion training to another facility to get that training.

    As always, the one who pays the piper, calls the tune. Should socialized medicine come to be, which now appears very likely, the government could say they just won’t pay for anyone admitted to such a hospital. Since the government would be the only insurance company and the only payor, they would come into line or close.

    If we had a two-tiered system in which people could use the government or pay for their own care, those hospitals might survive. But, it would be a political nightmare for the democrats to close all the Catholic hospitals, so, who knows? They might get an exception to the rule.

  5. Larry Anderson said

    Matt,
    What will happen to those hospitals that are run by Christian organizations, like the Presentation Sisters or others sponsored by churches? Will they be forced to close their doors?
    Larry

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