No surprise that The American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ABOG) wants OB/GYN physicians to segregate which patients merit their ministrations and which merit the sharp edge of a suction curette – but unfortunately they won’t leave it there. They have declared — with implied White House blessing — that board certified OB/GYNs must play judge and/or executioner to their tiniest patients or they will yank their credentials and by extension their careers.
This month the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) reviewed and reaffirmed the 2007 Ethics Committee Number 385, entitled The Limits of Conscientious Refusal in Reproductive Medicine. This rule states, “Physicians and other healthcare professionals have the duty to refer patients in a timely manner to other providers if they do not feel that they can in conscience provide the standard reproductive service that patients request.”
Furthermore, “in an emergency in which referral is not possible or might negatively affect a patient’s physical or mental health, providers have an obligation to provide medically indicated and requested care regardless of the provider’s personal moral objections.” Additionally, the rule suggests that pro-life physicians should relocate in order to be closer to an abortionist to whom they might refer patients, and that the patients’ autonomy trumps the physician’s conscience.
What about the autonomy of the tiny, innocent, and voiceless? Unbelievably, it all boils down to the ethics – the peculiar saline-and-suction “ethics” of relative person-hood that the Supreme Court conceived in 1973. ABOG says they will only credential physicians who conform to the “ethics” standards of ACOG. And ACOG, in turn, declares that any OB/GYN who refuses to perform or facilitate the state-sanctioned termination of the unfavored misses the mark.
Yes, you heard right. Like menacing thugs, ACOG and ABOG bully and threaten physicians who refuse to be party to intrauterine butchery – and then have the gall to justify their strong-arm tactics on ethical grounds.
That’s rich coming from ACOG, an organization that colluded with the Clinton White House to deceive a judge in their zeal to perpetuate the legal slaughter of late and full-term partially-born infants.