Shameful and Incomprehensible Supreme Court Decision
"Today's decision to uphold the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 is shameful and incomprehensible to those of us who have dedicated our lives to caring for women," said Douglas W. Laube, MD, MEd, ACOG president. "It leaves no doubt that women's health in America is perceived as being of little consequence.
"On behalf of the 51,000 ACOG members who strive to provide the very best possible medical care to the women we serve, I can only hope that in the future, science will again be at the core of decision-making that affects the life and well-being of all of us," said Dr. Laube.
Yes, hope that vermin, lower-than-cockroach-droppings politicians and lawyers are to be entrusted with the health and well-being of our patients is the way to go. Indubitably!
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Partial Truth Abortion
In one fell swoop, the Supreme Court reversed itself, ignored testimony from many physicians and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and banned intact D&E. The judicial branch is now, in essence, dictating medical practice. Rather than the usual mechanisms by which us physician types proscribe particular medical procedures, such as amassing clinical evidence and having a professional society such as ACOG issue evidence-based guidelines, we're having a ban thrust down our throats that is in contradiction to medical evidence that this is a procedure that is generally safe and can be highly appropriate in specific situations.
Today's Supreme Court decision constitutes an absolutely unprecedented intrusion into the practice of medicine and into the relationship between a woman and her doctor. Every physician in America should be outraged.
You may argue all you want as to whether or not you personally believe in abortion, but at this point in time, abortion is legal. The courts have no right to decide what technique physician uses to perform that legal act. That decision is made by the physician and the woman, with her health and best interests in mind.
It is time that the Supreme Court take down the statue of Justice that stands at their doorstep. Let's stop pretending that justice is what this court hands out. For justice is a woman. And this Supreme Court has no right to display her as their icon.
ETA: The first line.