- Two pro-life OBGYNs explained why they don’t perform abortions in interviews with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The doctors considered elective abortions incompatible with the OBGYN responsibilities of protecting both mother’s and baby’s lives. According to Finland data, Abortion has four times as much risk for maternal death than childbirth.
Obstetrician-gynecologists (OBGYNs) who choose not to perform elective abortions do so for a variety of reasons, ranging from concerns about patient health to recognition of pre-born life, two OBGYNs told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Dr. Christina Francis and Dr. Catherine Stark, both OBGYNs, have 14 and 25 years of professional experience respectively, and neither of them perform abortions. Their experience in providing care for pre-born babies and mothers strengthened their faith in humanity.
“The only thing I don’t provide my patients that someone who performs abortions would is elective abortions, meaning procedures that are intended to end the life of a fetal patient,” Francis told the DCNF. “Other than that I provide comprehensive care that leads to better health outcomes than elective abortions would.”
Stark said being pro-life allowed her to offer a higher standard of care for pregnant women, adding that her patients appreciate that she treats both mother and child with respect and due diligence. (RELATED: Here’s Why The Media’s Abortion Narrative On IVF Is Total Nonsense)
“Once I began studying embryology it was clear that the point at which a new individual life has started is when egg and sperm join together at conception. Stark explained to the DCNF that this is a new individual genetically.
” There’s an issue with thinking that one person at one time is fully human and worthy of human rights, but at another they are less human,” Stark said.
Francis’s pro-life beliefs have never prevented her from providing life-saving care, she explained, including the removal of ectopic pregnancies, in which the embryo has implanted outside the uterus and will never become a viable fetus, as well as emergency early deliveries resulting in fetal death.
These pre-viability early deliveries are similar to induced abortions, but differ in that the child’s death is not the intention of the procedure, Francis explained. The baby is treated as an individual and she gives birth to them.
Fetuses can feel pain at as early as 12 weeks’ gestation, according to a 2020 study out of the University of Singapore. She explained that Francis attempts to alleviate the pain of pregnant patients in pre-viability delivery of babies who are able to bear pain. This contrasts with doctors who kill them during surgical abortions.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists defines induced abortion as “an intervention to end a pregnancy so that it does not result in a live birth.”
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“I’m not alone in this. Francis stated that even many OB doctors who consider themselves to be pro-choice do not perform abortions. “We know from surveys that have been done by pro-abortion researchers that anywhere from 76% to 93% of OBGYNs do not perform abortions.”
The risk of death from induced abortions is about four times higher than the risk of death from childbirth, according to national medical data from Finland, which has universal health and data linkage. According to the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynologists, the is data are not accessible for American healthcare systems.
The physicians also object to performing abortions because they view unborn children as patients and as people.
“The science is exceedingly clear,” Francis said. “As you do ultrasounds on women very early in their pregnancy, the humanity of their preborn child is exceedingly clear.”
Stark said she provided healthcare to two patients, mother and child, and she couldn’t understand how a doctor could fight to save the life of one preborn child while intentionally ending the life of another on the sole basis of whether they were wanted.
“I couldn’t do both. Stark stated that she couldn’t both be an excellent obstetrician, and work tirelessly to preserve and enhance the lives of my patients. “I couldn’t see myself being a great advocate for babies if I simultaneously felt they didn’t deserve life.”
Stark emphasized that women didn’t need abortion in order to succeed and live fulfilling lives, and she said she views women’s fertility as a positive thing rather than a disease to be managed.
“Women have this gift of fertility. This is an amazing thing. She said that she doesn’t believe women’s fertility should be considered a curse or a disease.
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