Dr. John Bruchalski aborted unborn babies as a young medical doctor, thinking the killing practice was just part of “good medicine.”
Eventually, the Virginia OB-GYN had a conversion experience and realized the opposite is true. Now, he works to help doctors and women understand that killing an unborn baby in an abortion is never good or medically necessary.
In a new interview with Live Action president and founder Lila Rose, Bruchalski said a good doctor cares for both patients: the mother and her unborn child.
“Because from a physical and a mental and a spiritual point of view, you never pit mom against her baby. Ever. Because she’s the one that’s got to live with herself and her actions …” he said.
Rose brought up diseases like cancer and infections that can cause risks to a pregnant mother’s life, and Bruchalski confirmed that abortion is not necessary even in those situations. In some cases, an early delivery may be necessary and the baby may die because he or she is so premature, but the purpose is to save lives, not to kill.
“Even in the most high-risk pregnancies, it is never necessary for a child to be attacked with an abortion procedure. There are always ways to treat both patients with dignity,” Rose said.
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In the 50 years since Roe v. Wade was decided, Bruchalski said medicine has advanced greatly and more mothers and babies are being saved in high-risk pregnancy situations. When he first began practicing, he said premature babies could not survive earlier than about 26 weeks, but now they are surviving at 22 weeks.
“You can care for mom and her unborn, whether it’s in an ICU setting or a monitoring setting,” he said.
However, he lamented that many modern doctors have strayed from the relational side of medicine, and now it is acceptable to get rid of the diseased person instead of treat the disease. First came legalized abortion on demand, and now assisted suicide is legal in nearly a dozen states.
“Health is relational. It’s about sacrificially relational. It’s how doctors used to be with their patients – going the extra mile, making the house call, caring for the whole person and helping them despite their obstacles to healthcare,” Bruchalski told Live Action.
“… Medicine is an act of mercy. You hate the disease but love the patient,” he continued. “You don’t get rid of diseases by getting rid of people with those diseases. And by collaboration and cooperation, we can create communities where abortion is unwantable and children are welcomed and fertility and family are respected.”
In the pro-abortion mindset, however, unborn babies are treated as if they are “sexually transmitted diseases” when they are unwanted, he said.
“If there was a defect, the answer was: Abortion is an option to prevent you and the baby from suffering,” Bruchalski said, remembering his early years as a doctor when he did abortions.
Abortions are promoted as a societal good – a mentality that puts added pressure on pregnant mothers, he added. A mother is told that aborting her unborn baby is for the “good of herself, the good of her child and the good of society,” he said. Abortion activists have begun making the argument that aborting unborn babies helps end poverty and stop climate change, too, he continued.
“It’s saying that we need to kill your baby to make you healthy. We need to kill your baby to give you happiness,” he said.
Despite the challenges, Bruchalski said he remains hopeful about the future.
“We have truth on our side. That’s the most important thing,” he told Live Action. “And we have science… I do believe that the truth of the ultrasound, the truth of medicine, the truth of fetal surgery will eventually catch on.”
Bruchalski is the founder of Tepeyac OB/GYN and Divine Mercy Care, an organization dedicated to educating medical professionals about life-affirming care and providing medical care to women in need. He also is the author of “Two Patients: My Conversion from Abortion to Life-Affirming Medicine,” a book about his conversion.
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