Fewer medical students are being trained to kill unborn babies in abortions, which is good news for mothers and babies but bad for the abortion industry.
And abortion activists are complaining.
The politically left news site Salon recently highlighted the supposed problem, interviewing a pro-abortion doctor who believes “ethically” that every OB-GYN should be forced to learn to abort unborn babies as part of their training.
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. As a result, a number of medical schools do not train students to abort unborn babies, and others allow students to opt out of the training.
According to the 2018 National Academies Press report, “The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States,” “…abortion training is not universally available to physicians or APCs [advanced practice clinicians] who intend to provide reproductive health services.”
Many “religiously owned nonprofit hospitals,” often affiliated with the Catholic Church, prohibit abortions, too, according to Salon. So, while doctors and residents provide maternal and other women’s health care, they do not provide abortions because killing unborn babies is not health care.
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Now, with Roe v. Wade gone and more than a dozen states enforcing laws that prohibit or limit abortions, even fewer medical schools and hospitals are expected to train students to become abortionists.
According to Salon:
… in May, research out of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles reported in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology that “43.9% of [OB/GYN] residents currently train in states predicted to outlaw abortion, a component of obstetrics and gynecology residency required for accreditation.” The ominous possibilities are obvious. As the authors went on to note, “In 2020, 92% of obstetrics and gynecology residents reported having access to some level of abortion training. We predict that if Roe v. Wade overturned, this would plummet to at most 56%.” And it gets worse, because “This likely underestimates the training implications of overturning Roe v Wade, in that residencies outside of obstetrics and gynecology, such as family medicine, were not included in the study.”
In response, abortion supporters and politicians are trying to recruit – or potentially force – more doctors to abort unborn babies.
Los Angeles OB-GYN and author Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz said she believes OB-GYNs should be “ethically” required to be trained to do abortions.
“I think, philosophically that not requiring every single OB-GYN resident to learn how to do an abortion is just morally and ethically wrong,” she told Salon.
Some Democrat politicians 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. Some doctors already have been suspended and subjected to years-long investigations in other countries for sharing information about abortion that pro-abortion groups don’t like.
Abortion activists raised concerns that fewer abortion training programs will mean fewer women have access to medical care, but pro-life OB-GYNs refute this claim.
Earlier this year, Dr. Christina Francis, board chair of the American Association of Pro-Life OB-GYNs, said pro-life laws do not stop doctors like herself from providing life-saving care to women. Laws that ban or restrict abortions allow miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy treatment and include exceptions if the mother’s life is at risk.
When she was doing her medical residency, Francis said she worked at a Catholic hospital that did not do abortions, but she and the other doctors did treat women with ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages.
“I’ve never needed to perform an elective abortion, and yet I’ve been able to take care of women with ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages throughout my career,” she said.