Washington Post Leads Annual Effort to Decry Lack of Abortion Practitioners

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 1, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Washington Post Leads Annual Effort to Decry Lack of Abortion Practitioners

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 1
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Once or twice a year, the leaders of the mainstream media pack write their obligatory article for the pro-abortion movement decrying the lack of abortion practitioners. With the recent shooting of late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller, the Washington Post has decided now is a good time to print a story.

The headline is "Abortion Stigma Affects Doctors’ Training and Choices."

In the "news" story, the Post continues the mantra that somehow there would be more physicians doing abortions if only the majority of Americans who are pro-life weren’t so hell-bent on violence and intimidation.

‘When Devin Miller, leader of the abortion rights group Medical Students for Choice at Virginia Commonwealth University, heard about the slaying of George Tiller, a Kansas physician who performed late abortions, she ‘took a step back’ to ponder her future,’ the Post laments in its preview.

Readers don’t make it past the first paragraph without hearing Miller complain that pro-life advocates foster an environment of "constant negative energy and constant fighting."

"There’s this feeling it’s dirty and should not be spoken about," Miller tells the post. "It’s hard to be brave and seek everything out yourself."

But the big focus in the Post article, as it commonly is in mainstream media puff pieces, is the so-called "abortion doctor shortage."

The Post relies on Miller’s situation to complain that medical students at VCU who want to learn to do abortions have to go out of their way by scheduling their own internship at an abortion center because learning about destroying the lives of unborn children isn’t in the curriculum.

The newspaper says Miller’s "soul-searching underscores a long-standing problem," which is the "shortage of physicians willing to perform abortions."

The newspaper cites the commonly-referenced stats from abortion advocates that "87 percent of counties in the United States and 31 percent of metropolitan areas have no abortion services." Yet it ignores the rebuttal that most of those countries are sparely populated ones with 5,000 residents or less that barely have a legitimate physician, let alone an abortion practitioner.

The Post also fails to mention that abortion centers are located within a two hour drive or most Americans and contradicts itself when it notes there were 1,787 abortion places to get an abortion in 2005, making abortion centers more common than most popular fast-food chains.

The newspaper buttresses its own argument that more abortion practitioners are needed by citing groups for medical professionals that have been overrun and politicized by pro-abortion zealots, like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The group is cited as saying ‘the availability of abortion services is in jeopardy" and the Post highlights a January ACOG report complaining that "abortion training is often optional, leaving time-starved trainees to learn about the procedure on their own."

"Medical school administrators contacted for this story declined to discuss abortion education," the Post complained.

They can’t be blamed for failing to provide more education on a medical procedure replete with a plethora of medical and mental health risks for women.

They so-called "demand" from pro-abortion medical students for the training also appears to be more of a political agenda than a real wish list. The Post notes that one 2008 study finds "among OB-GYN residents who said they wanted to provide abortions once they started practicing, about half actually did."

The newspaper’s profile fails to include any pro-life physicians taking about how legitimate physicians should promote the care of both patients, mother and unborn child. It relegates Students for Life of America president Kristan Hawkins to page two of the story.

Instead, the Post focuses on abortion advocates like Susan Hill, president of the National Women’s Health Foundation in Raleigh, North Carolina, which runs abortion businesses in three states.

"Our doctors are graying and are not being replaced," Hill complains. "We need young doctors and we need them badly. The situation is pretty grave, pretty dire."

Yet, for the post, the destruction of 1.2 million unborn children and the maiming of as many women is not dire. And it’s bias in favor of getting more abortion practitioners does nothing to reduce the number of abortions in the United States.

Even President Barack Obama gives lip service to reducing abortions, but the Post has a clear pro-abortion agenda.

ACTION: Complain about the Washington Post’s bias here.

Sign Up for Free Pro-Life News From LifeNews.com

Daily Pro-Life News Report Twice-Weekly Pro-Life
News Report
Receive a free daily email report from LifeNews.com with the latest pro-life news stories on abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research. Sign up here. Receive a free twice-weekly email report with the latest pro-life news headlines on abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research. Sign up here.