In this Member Update we bring you an important update on ACOG’s dedication to abortion advocacy over patient safety, worries about censorship of free speech and the pro-life position, and an opportunity to act on the AMA’s upcoming vote on physician assisted suicide. Finally, scroll down for conference information, including the dates for the 2019 Matthew Bulfin Educational Conference – REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.
ACOG Abortion Advocacy
ACOG claims to speak on behalf of the 56,000 obgyns across the nation. They have used this claim in federal and state courts to advocate tirelessly for abortion, and to fight any common sense law- parental consent, informed consent, 24 hour waiting periods, safety restrictions on the use of Mifeprex, abortion clinic safety guidelines (which every other ambulatory surgery facility must adhere to) etc. In placing abortion advocacy above patient safely, ACOG is acting outside of it’s fiduciary responsibility to both its members and to the women and unborn children we care for. ACOG does not speak for its membership when it comes to the divisive issue of abortion. And nowhere was this more apparent than hosting Cecile Richards, former CEO of Planned Parenthood as a plenary speaker at the ACM.
Prior to the announcement of the invitation of Cecile Richards to the ACM, AAPLOG had already filed a formal complaint with the Office of Conscience Protections regarding ACOG pro-abortion advocacy, protesting the professional bullying which pressures all of us to perform or refer or face professional sanctions including accusations of “unethical behavior” which can affect our licensure (see complaint: AAPLOG formal complaint with HHS against ACOG.pdf). It is in fact this threat to our professional practice which has caused many obgyns to withdraw from ACOG, since professional ethical statements only legally bind those members who are part of the professional organization. Many points in that complaint may be of use to you.
Several ACOG members have written letters to ACOG President Lisa Hollier and ACOG VP for Health Policy Dr. Barbara Levy, questioning this unabashed advocacy for a divisive elective procedure in which 85% of obgyns choose not to participate. Like you, many AAPLOG members are tired of the ceaseless pro-abortion advocacy done in the name of ACOG members who have never been asked regarding their opinion on this divisive issue, or whose opinion has been ignored. In fact, it is this top-down imposition of a pro-abortion monolithic policy which resulted in the formation of AAPLOG in 1973 as the largest “Special Interest Group (SIG)” within ACOG for 40 years…until ACOG dissolved the SIG designation in 2013.
It is in fact AAPLOG who actually represents the viewpoint of 85% of obgyns who do not perform abortions in their practice. And, it’s time for those 85% to speak up now, while we still have an opportunity to speak.
ACTION ITEM 1: Please take a minute and write a letter to Dr. Hollier and Dr. Levy, expressing your concern regarding ACOG’s continued pro-abortion advocacy. Their addresses are here: Contact information for ACOG Pres and VP Health Policy.docx. Find a sample letter here: Sample Letter to ACOG leadership.docx
ACTION ITEM 2: Tell your colleagues about AAPLOG. Encourage them to join us. We need to all stand together so that we can continue to practice Hippocratic medicine.
Behind the statue of George Orwell (author of Animal Farm) are inscribed the words from his preface to that book: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
Stifling dissent is of particular concern in science, where discovery and insight depend on open exchange and testing of claims and ideas. The place of this testing and exchange of ideas has historically been peer reviewed scientific journals as a vehicle for communicating case reports case series, randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews and meta-analyses of these papers.
When one of the major producers of systematic reviews receives a $1.15 million dollar donation from the Gates Foundation, who also funds abortion advocacy groups, there is reason to look carefully at the objectivity of the subsequent results produced by that partnership.
When a high impact journal partners with an abortion advocacy group to advance abortion legalization, there is danger of significant institutionalized bias. In 2016, the Guttmacher Institute, which is the research arm of Planned Parenthood, partnered with the medical journal Lancet to form the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission. The goal of this partnership was to “advance sexual and reproductive health and rights” which includes worldwide legalization of abortion.
With such an ideological commitment to the destruction of human beings in the womb, the Lancet becomes blind not only to the destruction of young human beings but also to the effects of abortion on women, and the increasing maternal mortality which comes in the aftermath of abortion legalization.
The ideological commitment to worldwide legalization of abortion by a major medical journal combined with the “21st-century scramble for Africa by US universities” leads to great concern about the potential for blinding bias in published research which excludes real harms done to women, real destruction of human beings in the womb, and the prostitution of scientific integrity in the name of abortion advocacy.
Not only the scientific community, but also the general public has reason for concern about free speech and free flow of information.
Amazon Smile, the charitable donation program allowing Amazon customers to donate to charities has excluded Alliance Defending Freedom from being allowed to receive donations. Why? Because the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated ADF as a “hate group. » (How goes the Republic, Citizen?)
It is tragically ironic that Amazon censors ADF as dangerous for defending our first amendment rights as U.S. citizens, while at the same time selling a manual on how to do Sex Trafficking.
What can you do? Click here for more information.
Google and Facebook also displayed their advocacy for abortion by shutting down communications in Ireland shortly before the referendum on abortion. And, YouTube shuts down videos describing abortion pill reversal. Read about Susan B. Anthony List and Charlotte Lozier Institute calling on YouTube and other social media companies to stop censoring pro-life content here.
Why is this important information for you? As Hippocratic physicians who practice evidence-based medicine, we will be facing an increasing challenge of discerning “whose evidence” we are being allowed to access. AAPLOG will continue to stand for truth about abortion in the scientific and policy arenas. Please consider helping us in this massive task.
AMA to Vote on Assisted Suicide
The American Medical Association (AMA) will take a vote on assisted suicide at its annual meeting in June. Here’s what we know from our friends at the Patients Rights Action Fund:
At its June 9-13 annual meeting in Chicago, the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates will review the report of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) which reaffirms AMA Code of Medical Ethics provisions in opposition to physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia (report attached). It is imperative that the House of Delegates accept this report which will resolve the issue for many years to come.
Learn more on taking action here.
Thanks for standing with us.
Donna J. Harrison M.D.
American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists