Abortion activists want more doctors to abort unborn babies in direct defiance of the mission of the medical profession.
And they are complaining that abortion training programs are at risk as the U.S. Supreme Court considers overturning Roe v. Wade this summer.
Global Health Newswire reports a new study from the University of California San Francisco, a hub of pro-abortion researchers, predicts that almost half of all abortion training programs for OB-GYNs could be gone if the court allows states to ban abortions again.
“Decimating abortion training in half the country will have far-reaching impacts,” said senior author Jody Steinauer, of the university’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. “It could affect the care of future patients of clinicians who trained in these states wherever they go on to practice.”
The study, published in April in the journal “Obstetrics and Gynecology,” found that about 44 percent of the 6,007 medical student residents training to be OB-GYNs are working in states that likely will ban abortions. They also found that almost half of the 286 OB-GYN residency programs are located in these states, according to the report.
“In 2020, 92% of obstetrics and gynecology residents reported having access to some level of abortion training,” the study states. “We predict that, if Roe v. Wade is overturned, this would plummet to at most 56%.”
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Estimates vary, but researchers predict as many as 26 states would protect unborn babies by banning abortions if the Supreme Court overturns Roe. Currently, the court prohibits states from protecting unborn babies from abortion prior to viability, about 23 weeks of pregnancy. Nearly 1 million unborn babies are aborted every year in elective abortions.
That could change, however, with the Mississippi case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which the Supreme Court heard in December. The case asks the justices to reconsider the precedents in Roe and later abortion rulings, and to allow states to ban abortions again. A ruling is expected this summer.
The problem of finding doctors willing to abort unborn babies is not new, though. The abortion industry has struggled for years to recruit enough medical professionals and staff who are willing to participate in its life-destroying work. This week, for example, the pro-abortion blog Jezebel reported about five Planned Parenthoods canceling abortions in Georgia and Alabama because they cannot find an abortionist.
To address the supposed problem, pro-abortion groups have been lobbying lawmakers to allow nurse practitioners and midwives to do abortions and allow telemedicine abortions in which the abortionist never sees the patient in person — even though both pose greater risks to the pregnant mother. Abortion activists are pushing to end conscience protections for medical workers, too, meaning doctors and nurses could be forced to help abort unborn babies or lose their jobs.
Researchers from the new study discussed ways to encourage more doctors to become abortionists. According to the report: “The researchers suggest that clinical educators arrange out-of-state travel rotations, patient-centered early pregnancy loss training, and abortion simulation curricula to prepare for the dramatic decline in access to abortion training if Roe v. Wade is overturned.”
Whether they will find doctors willing to participate is less certain. The duty of the medical profession is to heal and save lives, and most doctors and nurses recognize that unborn babies are second patients who also deserve care.