In this update you will meet another member of our AAPLOG board, have opportunities for action, including signing up to attend the upcoming 2019 Matthew Bulfin Educational Conference, and see an international summary of pro-abortion activities, as well as AAPLOG member response to articles attacking our practice of Hippocratic medicine. You will also find a fascinating new initiative by a member of American College of Pediatricians, that may provide a great opportunity for you…
Meet the Board and AAPLOG Action Items
Meet the AAPLOG Board: Ingrid Skop M.D.
I am so excited to be a board member of the American Association of Pro-Life OB/GYNs! Although I have been in private practice in San Antonio for over twenty years, it has only been within the last five years or so that abortion has begun to preoccupy my thoughts. I have seen so many women who have been hurt physically, emotionally and socially by this decision, ...read more
AAPLOG Action Items
1. Title X Comments. Comment period open through July 31, 2018
AAPLOG Submission link and example letter
- Rep. Ron Estes (R-KS), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Diane Black (R-TN), and Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) sent a letter with 140 Member signatures to HHS Secretary Alex Azar expressing strong support for the proposed Title X rule, known as the Protect Life Rule. A press release from Rep. Estes is available here .
- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its proposed rule to update the Title X family planning program on June 1, 2018. The updated rule clarifies the line of separation between abortion and family planning and mandates compliance with state and local abuse reporting requirements.
- HHS will be accepting comments on the proposed rule through July 31, 2018. Groups may be interested in both submitting a comment and in highlighting the opportunity for others. The process is simple and can be completed in under one minute. Comments may be submitted here.
Register now for a conference with great speakers, great topics and great colleagues. If you can’t come yourself, consider sending a medical student or resident. This is a life changing event for many medical students and residents, who are not exposed to the science undergirding Hippocratic medical practice. In fact, two of our current AAPLOG Board members were once sponsored students. So, your sponsorship can change the next generation of physicians! On the registration page, click on « SEND A STUDENT TO MBEC » now to sponsor a medical student or resident.
3. Board Matching Grant is open! Any gifts given over and above membership dues will be matched by the AAPLOG Board of Directors, to a total of $50,000. Please consider a gift now. You can designate where you want your gift to go, (including sponsoring a student to MBEC) or you can give a gift for the area of greatest need.
Medicine is an international endeavor, and what happens in one country quickly moves to others. This is especially true in elective abortion, where the US abortion laws are constantly cited to pressure resource-limited nations to legalize abortion. The international pro-abortion lobby is both well-coordinated and well-funded, and uses the lie that elective abortion is “safe” when in fact the term “safe” abortion is defined by the legal status of abortion in a nation, not by lack of complications.
1. Mifeprex: the new coathanger.
The new international thrust of the pro-abortion movement is well illustrated in the special edition of Contraception The goal is not only legalizing abortion in countries where abortion is illegal, but also using medical abortion in a willy nilly fashion with no pre or post abortion care, in countries with little medical infrastructure to deal with the known complications of hemorrhage and infection from retained tissue and immunosuppression by both mifepristone and misoprostol. The lack of concern for women who will die from this irresponsible promotion of self-abortion by international pro-abortion organizations is breathtaking. The motivation behind this dangerous move is to eliminate the need for physicians and health care providers who often object to killing their patients.
2. IrelandThe Irish Abortion Referendum that took place on May 25th and repealed the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution, banning abortion, came as a surprise to many in Ireland who thought that the country would never agree to the destruction of human beings in the womb. But it has also awakened a new sense of dedication in the pro-life physicians in Ireland who worked tirelessly to refute the half truths and misinformation promulgated during the campaign. AAPLOG has been happy to make contact with this new group: Irish Doctors for Life and we look forward to welcoming a delegation at the 2019 Matthew Bulfin Educational Conference.
3. CEDAW City by City Initiative
The City by City Initiative is an attempt to bypass the fact that the United States has not ratified the radical CEDAW treaty. So CEDAW proponents are attempting to get CEDAW principles incorporated into municipal law, bypassing federal oversight. Most concerning is the fact that CEDAW allows a UN committee to adjudicate complaints, rather than local laws. CEDAW is an attempt to advance elective abortion under the guise of defending women. Last week, UN delegates were invited to attend a training session called “Cities for CEDAW Training and Exchange: 2018 High Level Political Forum” From the description: « This Cities for CEDAW learning and exchange session is an introduction to how a women’s human rights framework can be fully integrated with the SDGs in cities. »
It is important for you as an AAPLOG member, to understand this initiative, as you may be called upon in your city to give accurate information about the impact of elective abortion on women.
4. Amnesty International makes radical abortion policy even more radical
Amnesty International’s position on abortion was focused solely on decriminalizing and limiting abortion to rare cases but has now changed. Their new polilcy advocates for unrestricted access to abortion in addition to decriminalization of abortion worldwide. While they give lip service to the rights of all women and girls, they glaringly omit the rights of unborn girls, many of whom are the target of elective abortion.
« Representatives voted to adopt an updated position on abortion that calls on States not just to decriminalize abortion, but to guarantee access to safe and legal abortion in a broad way the fully respects the rights of all women, girls and people who can get pregnant. It will replace Amnesty International’s current position on abortion, which calls for the decriminalization of abortion, and access to abortion in a limited set of cases which was adopted in 2007. » read more…
In response to a recent lay press article telling pro-life obgyns to go into podiatry, Dr. Steve Braatz, AAPLOG Board member, wrote a brilliant reply published in Life Site News »:
« I came home tired. I’d spent most of the day resuscitating a patient who had delivered twins and then went into profound shock. After many intense hours of problem-solving and implementing all the skills I possess, she turned a corner and I breathed a sigh of relief, seeing that she was going to be okay. Then something interesting happened once I came home. I sat down to relax and recover. Unfortunately, I opened an email from a friend which contained Julie Burhart’s June 6 article from « The Hill: « Abortion refusal laws are not about religion, but about control. » Just a few paragraphs in I read her pronouncement that pro-life OB-GYNs like me should be podiatrists…. read more…
We are standing with you as you do great medicine and protect the lives of both of your patients.
Thanks for standing with us.
Donna J. Harrison M.D.
American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists