In this update we invite you to act now on AMA and Physician Assisted Suicide and to contact Congress regarding Title X (see the Action Items section below). Keep reading and you will realize the horrors of a Gosnell repeat in New York and review new research in preterm birth, increases in U.S. maternal mortality since the legalization of RU-486 and adverse perinatal outcomes. Finally see how AAPLOG is acting on your behalf, find conference information and ways to help AAPLOG continue in its life-saving mission.
Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS): The American Medical Association (AMA) will vote on assisted suicide at its annual meeting in June in Chicago. If you’re an AMA member and planning to attend, please testify against PAS on Sunday, June 10. When the public comment period on PAS opens later this month we will let you know so you can speak out against PAS. Read more: Gmail – IMPORTANT NOTICE! AMA to Vote on Assisted Suicide Position in June 2018.pdf
Defunding Planned Parenthood: This week we joined Susan B. Anthony List and more than 85 pro-life groups in writing the Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, asking the Trump administration to revise Title X family planning rules in order to stop funding to abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood. Forty-one U.S. Senators and 153 U.S. Representatives sent their own letters to Secretary Azar. Take action now to contact your federal elected officials about defunding Planned Parenthood of Title X taxpayer funds. Read more…
A New York Gosnell
We’re staying abreast of the case of Robert Rho, in a trial chillingly similar to the Kermit Gosnell case that blew open the horrors of the abortion industry. Rho, a New York abortion doctor, is charged with manslaughter for causing the death of Jaime Morales, 30, during a botched second-trimester abortion in 2016. Like Gosnell, no media is in the courtroom. Read more…
Preterm Birth and Abortion Trends: A meta-analysis, “US trends in abortion and preterm birth,” available from the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, looks at prior surgical abortions and medical abortions and their effect on spontaneous preterm birth. The study by Malosso, et al. found surgical abortion was an independent risk factor, but did not implicate medical abortion. However, they fail to mention the number of failed medical abortions which require surgical completion. Read more…
Adverse Perinatal Outcomes: A study available from the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health looks at the link between repeat terminations of pregnancy with an increased risk of adverse outcomes in future births. It’s titled, “Risks of Adverse Perinatal Outcomes after Repeat Terminations of Pregnancy by their Methods: A Nationwide Register-based Cohort Study in Finland 1996-2013.” Read more…
U.S. Maternal Mortality: James Studnicki and John W. Fisher of the Charlotte Lozier Institute have a letter in “Obstetrics & Gynecology” responding to “Recent Increases in the U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate: Disentangling Trends From Measurement Issues.” One takeaway: there has been an increase in the U.S. maternal mortality rate since medication abortion’s approval in 2000. Read more: Recent Increases in the US Maternal Mortality.pdf
Thanks for standing with us.
Donna J. Harrison M.D.
American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists