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Some Good News on the Rights of Conscience (Temporary, but Good)

Posted by MDViews on December 18, 2008

Some good news from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today.

HHS issued a regulation protecting the rights of conscience for prolife physicians and pharmacists who will not prescribe for, dispense for, refer for or perform aborion. You can read the details in my previous blog post here. You can read the HHS press release here. The entire regulation (127 pages) is here. This hits home. Close to home. This is an answer to prayer.

The Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) and the American Association of Prolife Obstetricians and Gynecologist, both groups to which I belong, were instrumental in sounding the alarm and flooding Secretary Leavitt’s web site with the rights of conscience arguments when public comments were solicited.

You will here the usual whining and faux shock and concern from the proaborts stating this will deprive women everywhere of needed¬†reproductive services. The proabortion lobby decries this ruling as it codifies what they describe as the “right of refusal” to provide health care, a right no one should be afforded.

The reason for the rule, as I’ve stated before, was the sneak attack by the American College of OB/GYN (ACOG) issuing an “ethics” statement that declared unethical any Fellow of ACOG who did not 1) perform abortions or 2) refer for abortion. That statement was followed closely by the American Board of OB/GYN (ABOG), the group that tests and decides if an OB/GYN is board-certified, stating that all diplomats of ABOG (board-certified OB/GYN’s) would be required to follow the ethics guidelines of ACOG. So by refusing to perform or refer for abortion, an OB/GYN doctor could lose their board certification which is necessary in some hospitals to obtain privileges to practice medicine.

But it will be temporary. Senator Obama has been urged to overturn the ruling as soon as he takes office. The rule takes effect January 19, 2009.  Barack Obama will be sworn in at the 44th president on January 20, 2009.

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The Vanishing Rights of Conscience for ProLife MD’s

Posted by MDViews on December 9, 2008

In my lack of posting the last few years, I’ve missed commenting on perhaps the most important issue to present itself to prolife MD’s since abortion was legalized, and that is the right to refuse to perform or refer for abortion.

About 1 1/2 years ago, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) issued a statement from their “ethics committee” which said physicians must refer for abortion, do abortions themselves if no abortionists live close by, or move closer to abortionists so the service would be available.

Unfortunately, I’m not making this up. I submitted my resignation to ACOG based on that statement.

Last fall, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), which is the group responsible for board certification of all OB/GYN doctors in the country, came out with a statement that all OB/GYN doctors certified by the board had to follow the ethics guidelines of ACOG or board certification could be denied.

Now, you must understand that board certification is not the same as licensing. Each individual state issues licenses to medical doctors to practice medicine based on their education, training and experience. Board certification is rarely required for licensing. But board certification is proof by an expert independent group that a doctor has special skill and knowledge in a particular area, such as OB/GYN.

The problem is that many health plans, HMO’s, PPO’s and hospitals require board certification. In such an instance, board certification is critical to one’s livihood. If a prolife OB/GYN can’t get hospital privileges, he or she would not be able to deliver babies or do surgery. So you can see where ACOG and ABOG are going. They don’t just want abortion legal, they want those of us who speak against abortion out of the profession of OB/GYN by depriving us of our ability to make a living.

This issue has gone to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Secretary Leavitt has issued rules affirming the right of conscience (in good measure due to the outpouring of letters, emails and blog posts from the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) and the American Association of Pro Life OB/GYN’s (AAPLOG). However, the new Secretary of HHS will be Tom Dashle who, along with our new president Barak Obama, is strongly proabortion. ACOG and ABOG will have friends in power.

Should ACOG and ABOG have their way and my behavior be labeled unethical and my ability to practice OB/GYN impacted, I am prepared to walk that walk. I feel a bit like Martin Luther must have felt standing before the Diet of Worms, who, when asked to recant, said those famous words, “I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.”

Please pray for your prolife doctors.

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