CV NEWS FEED // Republican Rep. Chip Roy and three other members of Congress sent a letter Friday to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) confronting the group for its recent decision to abruptly exclude a pro-life doctors’ association from its annual conference.
“The reported decision by ACOG — an organization purporting to represent all obstetrician–gynecologists — to exclude qualified health care professionals of maternal and child care from presenting at an annual conference because of their pro-life positions is hypocritical and outrageous,” states the letter, cosigned by Reps. Chris Smith, R-NJ, Virginia Foxx, R-NC, and Diana Harshbarger, R-TN.
As CatholicVote previously reported, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) was abruptly banned from the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology, an annual medical conference, days before the event.
“This is a conference for physicians who are educating the next generation of OBGYNs. We’ve exhibited at this conference for the last 15 years and I was planning on being inside this hotel today at our exhibit booth, which we booked last year,” said Dr. Christina Francis, incoming CEO of AAPLOG.
Francis decried the cancelation of her group at the conference as not only unfair to AAPLOG, but a threat to the future of the field of medicine:
“ACOG is showing yet again that they have no desire to build bridges with those of us who disagree even a little bit with them on their position on abortion,” she said. “This is especially dangerous for medical students and residents. It normalizes intentional feticide as part of women’s healthcare, which we know that it is not.”
Excluding the pro-life organization also poses a danger to scientific progress, Francis argued, because it “suppresses scholarly debate.”
“Scientific advancement is made through the free exchange of ideas and through critically looking at both sides of an issue and deciding which the evidence better supports,” Francis pointed out. “However ACOG obviously is afraid for students and residents and for their medical educators to be exposed to any … position on abortion other than their radical position.”
The GOP letter echoed Francis’ complaints, accusing ACOG of making “no secret of its extreme abortion agenda,” and pointing out one-sided practices affecting ACOG members:
Its detailed pro-abortion lobbying instructions to ACOG members, its ‘language guide’ touting euphemisms that hide the realities of abortion, and its stated intent to ‘increase the availability of trained abortion providers’ are just a few examples of its active and deliberate work to promote abortion on demand and spread misinformation about the pro-life movement.
The letter went on to call on lawmakers to refuse meetings with ACOG until the group renounces its pro-abortion slant.
“As Members of Congress,” the letter concluded, “we call on ACOG to end its discrimination against pro-life doctors, and we will press for immediate changes to this unacceptable behavior—whether that means taking ACOG to task in meetings or refusing meetings until they change course—and encourage other Members to do the same.”
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