The last abortionist on Guam retired in May, making the Pacific island abortion-free.
A U.S. territory, Guam allows unborn babies to be aborted up to 26 weeks in a wide variety of circumstances. However, the business of aborting babies must not be profitable enough for abortionists to open up shop there.
Pacific Daily News reports Dr. William Freeman, the last known abortionist in Guam, retired last month, and the doctor who took over his OB-GYN practice is pro-life.
Dr. Edmund Griley, who also had an abortion practice in Guam, retired in 2016, according to the report.
Hospitals on the island do not perform elective abortions, the report states.
Guam is predominantly Catholic, a strong indication that most of its population opposes the killing of unborn babies in abortions. According to government health data, 239 unborn babies were aborted in 2017. Three were for emergency situations, the rest were voluntary. All but two were done at Freeman’s abortion facility.
While abortion activists worry that women could resort to dangerous, self-induced abortion methods, local health officials did not express the same concerns.
Here’s more from the report:
Leo Casil, acting director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, said his agency doesn’t refer clients or patients for abortion services.
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Regarding Freeman’s retirement, Casil said in an email, “As far as I know there are no other physicians who conduct abortions.”
Casil said he doesn’t view the lack of physicians conducting abortions on island as an issue for his agency.
“No this would not be a concern for (Public Health),” he said. “Abortions in emergency situations are decided by a physician. … I see no impact on Public Health on the limited or no availability.”