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Congratulations to the Life Prize Recipients

Posted by MDViews on January 4, 2009

The Gerard Health Foundation, a private charity foundation of Raymond B. and Marilyn A. Ruddy who are long-time pro-life philanthropists, initiated the inaugural annual Life Prizes this year. These awards recognize those on the front lines of the greatest human rights battle of our day, and hope to encourage and inspire the next generation to accomplish great things for the cause of life.

How wonderful!

Groups or individuals are eligible to receive these awards. I offer my congratulations to those award winners who were named this year. I was thrilled to see the group to which I belong listed among the recipients. The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) exists “to reaffirm the unique value and dignity of individual human life in all stages of growth and development from conception onward.”

They (we) have a long list of accomplishments which are listed here.

Unfortunately, we are a small group. There was a sea-change of thinking in the 1970’s with the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade. OB/GYN’s prior to Roe were predominantly against abortion. Following Roe and with the strengthening women’s right movement, a pro-life OB/GYN was treated like a woman-hater, a misogynist of the the highest degree. Pro-life docs fell like dominoes into lock-step with the radical feminist ideas including abortion-on-demand. No one wanted to be labeled a woman-hater!

So in a few short years, pro-life OB/GYN’s became more and more marginalized.

I was applying for OB/GYN residencies in 1977 and was told by Ben Peckham, MD, chairman of the OB/GYN department at the University of Wisconsin in Madison that he wouldn’t say I would not get into his residency since I would not perform abortion, but that I was “at the very bottom of my list.”

Someday, I’ll post on the trauma I encountered in my journey to be a pro-life OB/GYN doctor. I’ve spoken on it many times, twice at the Birthright International Annual Conference and at many smaller crisis pregnancy center (CPC) banquets and gatherings.

Anyway, thanks to my colleagues at AAPLOG for their good work and now for their much deserved Life Prize award!

2 Responses to “Congratulations to the Life Prize Recipients”

  1. MDViews said

    Thank you for the good word. I’ve viewed your blog and will add it to my blog role as well.

    Thanks for your comments in support of the right to life.

  2. Thanks for an excellent post. It’s great to see doctors speaking up for the unborn. It looks like doctors groups and places of registration etc were hijacked in the 70’s.

    I’ve added you to my blog role.

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