A Medical Specialty in Infanticide?

A Medical Specialty in Infanticide? June 19, 2018

The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology has applied to the American Board of Medical Specialties to authorize a medical specialty in late term abortions.

It won’t be called that, of course.  The certification will be in “Complex Family Planning.”

From Briana Heldt:

“Although contraception and abortion services for healthy women may be safely provided by general OB GYN clinicians,” the application reads, “subspecialists with special knowledge and skills are necessary for advanced gestations.” What does that special knowledge include, one might ask?

According to ABOG’s application, these subspecialists will demonstrate skill in both electric and manual uterine aspiration in first-trimester abortions. Surgical abortion and feticide procedures are the target areas of competency for second-trimester abortions. “Complex Family Planning” specialists will, predictably, focus their work in “low-resource settings and with vulnerable and underserved populations.”

Furthermore, the application states that doctors wishing to become late-term abortion certified must achieve not only advanced skill in removing a baby from the womb limb by limb, but also competency in public policy and advocacy. “Fellows should be capable of being advocates and leaders in family planning and abortion.”

Always be suspicious of any venture that tries to obscure what it is really about by means of euphemism.  Look past the lofty, vague, and highly generalized abstractions–“Complex Family Planning”–to think concretely, imagining what the action being referred to would actually look like.  In this case, crushing and dismembering a viable baby just before it passes through the birth canal.  (See George Orwell’s Politics and the English Language.)

The medical profession used to be governed by the Hippocratic Oath, which goes back some 400 years before the birth of Christ and until the 1960s was a solemn vow that new physicians swore to upon finishing medical school and being certified as a physician.

The Hippocratic Oath includes these words:

I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing. Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course. Similarly I will not give to a woman a pessary to cause abortion. But I will keep pure and holy both my life and my art.

So physicians vowed not to “cause abortion.”  Nor would they give a poison to a patient, even if the patient were to request it.

In our day of abortion on demand, “complex family planning,” euthanasia, and physician-assisted suicide, new doctors don’t take the Hippocratic Oath anymore.

HT:  City Gal


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