Wednesday, December 19, 2007

ACOG on abortion and conscience

"In the provision of reproductive services, the patient's well being must be paramount. Any conscientious refusal that conflicts with a patient's well being should be accommodated only if the primary duty to the patient can be fulfilled." (from ACOG Comm. Opinion #385)

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) is arguably one of the most powerful and authoritative pro-abortion forces out there. Their November, 2007 Committee Opinion linked below is the most recent of a series of salvo's in the medical/culture war, and follows the general theme that the ACOG and other medical establishments have been developing for some years now: First, redefine abortion as part of "standard medical practice". (This is similar to the tactic of redefining the beginning of pregnancy as implantation rather than conception.) Second, redefine conscience as "the private, constant, ethically attuned part of human character"; essentially, private opinion, as opposed to awareness of the natural law. Thirdly, state that a physician does not have the right to refuse to provide "standard medical practice" (abortion) because of "conscience" (private opinion).

Just thought you'd like to know. Enjoy the read.

ACOG Committee Opinion No. 385 November 2007: the limits of conscientious refusal in reproductive medicine. in Obstetrics & Gynecology 2007 Nov;110(5):1203-8

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