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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What USA Today does not want you to read

I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
(Jn 17:4)

As a physician and a fellow for HLI America I offered a rebuttal to the opinion piece by Drs. Angell and Greene published in USA Today. They called for civil disobedience by doctors in protest of state laws requiring counseling and ultrasounds prior to abortions. Not surprisingly, USA Today refused to publish my response. 

The USA Today op-ed by Drs. Angell and Greene, Where are the doctors?, is unfortunately very short on facts. It is surprising that two physicians with such prestigious credentials would put forth a call to physicians for civil disobedience while eschewing the latest scientific findings on the subject.

Their first claim that there is a war on reproductive rights because thirty-five states require counseling before proceeding with an abortion is absurd. Such counseling requires that women be given accurate and full information about abortion and pregnancy so that they can give fully informed consent for this serious procedure. The claim promulgated by the abortion industry that the developing embryo is just a “blob of cells” is corrected with an ultrasound. If a woman sees that her unborn child has a beating heart and fully formed fingers and toes and still wants to proceed with the abortion, she is free to do so. But she is doing so with more complete knowledge of the choice at hand.

You can read the whole thing at the HLI America Truth and Charity Forum.

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