Thousands of OB-GYNs across the country are urging the news media and abortion activists to “correct the record” on pro-life abortion bans for the sake of mothers and babies.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, abortion activists have flooded news outlets and social media with lies and half-truths about state abortion bans restricting women’s health care.
But pro-life laws ban killing, not medical care, and the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), which represents 7,000 OB-GYNs, is working hard to spread that message.
The Washington Examiner reports the doctors’ association just began a new campaign to “correct the record” on abortion and state pro-life laws.
“Together, we can clear up the myths that are circulating and get the facts out there. And by doing so, we’ll help provide both our patients the best healthcare possible,” AAPLOG told members in a memo shared with the Examiner.
False claims about abortions being healthcare and abortion bans restricting ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage treatments have become prevalent – even in major, supposedly fact-based news outlets like CBS News, The New York Times, NPR, Bloomberg and NBC News.
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A new fact sheet from AAPLOG refutes the false claims one by one with medical information and references to studies and data. For example, one recent CBS News report highlighted claims that women “will die” from ectopic pregnancies because abortion bans will stop doctors from treating them.
But this simply is not true. According to the doctors’ association, laws that ban abortions allow doctors to provide care for ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages because they “are entirely different than an elective abortion, which purposefully ends the life of an unborn child.”
According to AAPLOG, 93 percent of OB-GYNs do not perform elective abortions but they do offer life-saving treatment to women suffering ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages.
Another example came from a NBC News report that claimed there is “‘No question’ that U.S. maternal mortality rate will rise post-Roe, experts say.” AAPLOG responded by pointing to several studies that found the opposite, writing, “The data clearly shows that restricting abortion does not lead to an increase in maternal mortality.”
Part of the problem is with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which news outlets frequently quote as an unbiased, authoritative source on abortion.
But ACOG is pro-abortion. According to the pro-life OB-GYNs association, the organization has “sidelined science for pro-abortion advocacy” and refuses to represent the diversity of professional views about abortion, the pro-life doctors’ association continued.
“The pro-abortion policies promoted by groups like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) do not align with the views of many in the medical community or the countless Americans across the country that support common sense protections for women,” the pro-life doctors’ association said.
In a recent interview with The Federalist, Dr. Christina Francis, an Indiana OB-GYN and CEO-elect of AAPLOG, said she never has had to abort an unborn baby to save a mother in her 14 years of practice, but she and other pro-life OB-GYNs do save mothers’ lives by providing miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy care.
Many other medical doctors, including those who treat high risk pregnancies, also have said they never need to abort an unborn baby to save a mother’s life. These include OB-GYN Dr. Byron Calhoun, neonatologist Dr. Kendra Kolb, Dr. Lawrence Koning, and Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie.
To protect mothers’ lives as well as their unborn babies’, pro-life laws that ban or restrict abortions always include exceptions for if the mother’s life is at risk.
But almost all unborn babies are aborted for unnecessary, elective reasons. In recent years, nearly 1 million unborn babies have been aborted annually in the U.S., and less than 10 percent were done because of rape, incest or physical health problems. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 7 percent of women said physical health or problems affecting the health of their unborn baby were their “most important reason” for an abortion in 2004.
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