After the tremendously successful 2017 Matthew Bulfin Educational Conference, we are turning now to improving our communications with you and with other medical professionals who need to be informed and involved in the growing movement to defend and protect human life in medicine. Please consider how you could be involved.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
1. Position open for the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health. Applications will be accepted until November 6. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/481280700
2. Host a Hippocratic Banquet for colleagues.
When a patient knows that their doctor has vowed not to kill them, or their grandmother, or their unborn child, that trust that the patient has in their medical professiona is the basis of the « unique doctor-patient » relationship. This trust is based on the Hippocratic Oath. Yet, today, few doctors have even had an opportunity to take that oath. AAPLOG is determined to change that. In August, we held our first « Hippocratic Oath Banquet » in conjunction with Right to Life of Indiana, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. At this banquet, 20 physicians retook the Hippocratic Oath. And the vast majority were not AAPLOG members, but had been invited specifically by an AAPLOG member who hosted the event at a local restaurant.
You may not be able to change the world, or even change ACOG (all at once). But you could invite your friends out to dinner, and explain to them the Hippocratic Oath by ppt. Or, you can email us and we can come out and present the oath and AAPLOG’s work. There is probably no single thing that you can do which is more important than taking a public stand for the oath among your medical colleagues. And, we can help you do that. If you are interested in hosting a Hippocratic Oath banquet, and inviting your friends, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, and together we can make it happen.
3. Expert work
Many of you have been contacted by AAPLOG over the past few years about serving as an expert witness. AAPLOG gets dozens of calls from legal organizations and state Attorneys General’s offices to identify AAPLOG members with expertise in a variety of topics. If we know of your interest and expertise, we can put them in contact with you. If you are interested in developing an expertise in a much needed area of research, please contact us. We can help identify areas in which your professional work could be published, and in which you could develop an expertise to use in the future.
Especially if you have taken a professional leave of absence for maternity or other reasons, but still may have time for writing and research, and are interested in this area of professional development, please email email@example.com.
1. New HHS interim final rules allow for conscientious objection under the ACA.
The new HHS interim final rules, published October 13, allows for a moral or conscience objection to actions which have a potential for taking a human life. This is a tremendous, if temporary, victory for conscientious objection, and sets a precedent within this administration to allow for non-religious health care entities to abstain from participation in actions which can take a human life.
More work needs to be done to maintain the right of Hippocratic physicians to refuse to kill their patients in medical practice. There is a tremendous need for congressional action to keep Hippocratic medical practice legal regardless of which administration is in power.
2. Online do it yourself mifepristone abortions The new frontier for pro-abortion radicals.
When doctors and midwives and other health professionals refuse to be involved in killing unborn patients, what is a pro-abortion industry to do? The answer is direct to patient marketing.
Murtagh and colleagues extol the virtues of do it yourself abortions as increasing access for women. No physician or health care provider needed, no confirmation of gestational age, no concern about the exponentially increasing rate of hemorrhage and complications after 7 weeks gestation, no concern about the potential lack of access to emergency room services capable of handling hemorrhage or sepsis, no concern about the fact that these online pill packages come without any package inserts or instructions, no concern about the fact that « the 20 tablets labeled 200 mcg misoprostol contained between 34.1 mcg and 201.4 mcg of the active ingredient. » no concern about the easy access for pimps and abusers who can get a discount for packages of 10 or more. Why should a drug pusher care about what happens to the customer?
In fact, the best part of all for the mifepristone abortion drug pusher is no malpractice issues to deal with.
What does this mean for you? You will see a tremendous increase in « spontaneous abortion » complications, especially hemorrhage, failed abortion and sepsis presenting to your emergency room…a mess that you get to clean up. Have a high index of suspicion for cases with that presentation… and consider reporting such documented cases to the FDA. and consider getting more involved with AAPLOG on this issue.
3. Fetal Pain
Attempting to combat the Texas law to ban tearing apart fetuses capable of feeling pain, the industry that makes its money by performing « less crunchable » procedures to harvest and sell fetal tissues has a huge public image problem…the young human beings are alive when their body parts are harvested. And they withdraw from painful stimuli.
So the legal response is to dismiss unpleasant realities by publishing and quoting « scientific studies » which redefine the word « pain » to try to eliminate the perception of barbarism. One oft quoted study, Lee and colleagues, illustrates the current party line by defining the word « pain » in such a way that it is impossible for the fetus, or even the young child, to fulfill. Thus by design this argument precludes the very question it proports to review. Quoting from the review:
« What Is Pain? Pain is a subjective sensory and emotional experience that requires the presence of consciousness to permit recognition of a stimulus as unpleasant. »
The rest is a foregone conclusion. If full adult consciousness, which requires the ability to evaluate current and future events and their ramifications is unattainable for the fetus, (as it is for many human beings who are young, intellectually challenged, or even asleep or under anesthesia) then the fetus can’t be demonstrated to have consciousness according to adult definitions, and can’t tell you that the sensation of being ripped apart limb from limb is « unpleasant ». Voila! no pain!
Ignore the facts that fetus withdraws from stimuli, increases her or his heart rate and cortisol secretion and reacts with other measurable parameters of a human being experiencing intense pain. [here] [here] [here] [here]
It’s time for us, as medical professionals, to challenge the fantasy world of wishful thinking and bring our medical and legal colleagues to face the cold hard reality of what is being done in a D&E abortion. This will take all of us having the courage to speak and act where we have been given opportunity.
Thanks for standing with us,
Donna J. Harrison M.D. Executive Director
American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists