Perspectives in Medicine

Perspectives presents research based commentaries on current issues related to the well-being of children. These works are offered to stimulate the reader’s interest in matters that directly or indirectly affect children, the family, and the society in which they live. While these articles have been reviewed by the Board, they do not necessarily represent official policy or position statements of the American College of Pediatricians.

Medical Conscience Rights, Part 1 (2020) ACPeds member, Andre Van Mol, MD, outlines the basics of conscience rights in this blog post by the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA).

ACPeds signs letter, urging the FDA to seize websites of groups illegally providing abortion drugs online (2020)

Women Across America Oppose Pelosi’s Threatening Equality Act (2019) The ACPeds & AAPLOG were invited to sign onto this letter as representatives of health professionals dedicated to children and women, respectively.

Observations in a Gender Clinic (2019) After spending some time as a physician-observer in a clinic for children and adolescents who are struggling with gender identity, Monique Robles, MD published this in a commentary of The National Catholic Bioethics Center on Health Care and the Life Sciences in Ethics & Medicine, February 2019.

Infanticide: Never Acceptable (2019) Patricia Lee June, MD, states, “It is scientifically documented that a fetus feels pain by 20 weeks gestation. Unborn children who are torn apart during a dilation and extraction abortion, or burned in their mother’s wombs during a saline induction abortion, experience excruciating pain.”

Best for Children Solutions for Migrant Crisis (2018) In this commentary, Joseph Zanga, MD, offers 3 rational, legal, solutions to keep children with their parents in response to queries from media, members and non-members.

Neonatologist: Babies Do Feel Pain In The Womb. I’ve Seen It (2018) Article originally published in The Federalist, Dr. Robin Pierucci speaks on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the science behind pain felt by unborn babies.

Affirming Sex Change in Kids Violates “First, Do No Harm” (2018) Joseph Zanga, MD, FAAP, FCP ask the pediatric profession “Do we stand firm in the practice of good ethical Medicine or do we follow the crowd?” He pleads with the pediatric profession to fully embrace “Do No Harm” in the care of children who identify themselves as transgender, in this scientific Op-Ed.

Response: Effects of Carrying an Unwanted Pregnancy to Term on Women’s Existing Children (2018) David L. Perry, MD – This article is a scientific rebuttal to the article published in The Journal of Pediatrics with the conclusion that children should not be materialized.

Gender Dysphoria – ACPeds Responds to Libelous Attack in Psychology Today (2017) The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) is a professional organization confident in the science we present and in the traditional ethics we uphold. In the past, we have typically directed critics to the relevant content on our website. On May 8, 2017, however, Psychology Today published a piece by Dr. Jack Turban that is not only libelous, but also denies the fact that untold numbers of American children are being experimented upon, and many of them permanently sterilized, under the guise of treating a largely transient disorder known as Gender Dysphoria of Childhood. This warrants a more public response.

The Sex Talk With Teens Needs To Cover A Lot More Than Birth Control (2017) Adults need to reinforce to teens that our bodies and hearts are connected and the entire package should be treasured and safeguarded. As a neonatologist who routinely cares for premature and sick infants whose moms are teenagers, the ACPeds member Robin Pierucci, MD, has seen first hand that contraceptive based sex education does adolescents a disservice and this article discusses the pitfalls as well as a helpful alternative.

Is Over-The-Counter Contraception for Teens A Good Idea? (2017) Article originally published in The Federalist, Dr. Robin Pierucci outlines the importance of physician guidance and follow up in prescribing birth control – especially for adolescents.

Trans-critical Analysis: Conservatives are Not Alone – An Endorsement of the book, Female Erasure (2017) Female Erasure: What you need to know about gender politics’ war on women, the female sex, and human rights by the ACPeds Executive Director, Michelle Cretella, MD. Ruth Barrett’s masterpiece is an eclectic, incisive, well-referenced analysis of the transgendering of society and its harmful impact on women and children.

Cosmo Girl Lifestyle Is Dangerous and Deadly for Tweens & Teens (2015) In this report, Judith A. Reisman, PhD, and Mary E. McAlister, Esq., state that popular culture is the leading source of sex education in the nation, and foremost among the tween and teen girl culture is Cosmopolitan. It is a commercial culture that sexualizes and objectifies children and glorifies casual, early sex in order to increase profits for a multiplicity of industries and pharmaceuticals with whom it shares financial interests, both private and public. It portrays a cavalier attitude about sex that is particularly dangerous and actually deadly to children.

With Same-sex Marriage, What Happens to the Rights of Children? (2015) Jennifer Roback Morse, PhD, of The Ruth Institute, believes we are experimenting with vulnerable children.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) – Do We Need Another Test? (2013) The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) supports the highest standards of medical practice among its members and within the field of pediatrics. The ACPeds therefore supports ongoing medical education for physicians to incorporate applicable new research in the care of patients. The ACPeds questions; however, whether the costly and intrusive process of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program assists in education or practice.

A Mom and Her Baby (2012) Miriam Grossman, MD, suggests that biological truths are not always politically correct, but ignoring them can be hazardous.

Condoms Not Always Safe (2012) by Patricia Lee June, MD. Certainly the risks of a student (or other unmarried person) having sex with a condom are less than without a condom, but that does not mean that having sex with a condom is not “so bad” or by any means “safe”, nor should we assume that no students are abstaining from sex.

Obesity: A Different Perspective on the Obesity Epidemic (2011) About 20% of the population is prone to store any calories not needed for basal metabolic needs as body fat. This genetic entity, known variably as metabolic syndrome, or syndrome-X, predisposes to ever-increasing body fat mass.

Response to the American Psychological Association (APA) (2008) Dale O’Leary, Dr. Dean Byrd, Dr. Richard P. Fitzgibbons, and James E. Phelan have prepared a scientific rebuttal to the brochure, Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth, released by a coalition of organizations in January 2008 and mailed to all public school superintendents in the US. These authors claim that the brochure, which portrays homosexual attraction among youth as an immutable trait, is biased and scientifically unfounded. This article was published in the August 2008 edition of the NARTH Bulletin.

Healthcare Financing Systems (2008) Healthcare financing systems play a significant role in shaping the bioethical landscape. Dr. Willson’s paper summarizes the current state of the healthcare financing system in the United States, analyzes reformers’ basic underlying world views and ideologies, and evaluates implications of proposed healthcare financing systems in relation to specific bioethical issues.

Adoption Conundrums Same-sex parenting deprives children of a mother or father. But isn’t the same thing happening with heterosexual adoption? The short answer is no; there is a moral difference between adoption by same-sex couples and heterosexual couples.

Additional Resources

Ideas Have Consequences This condensed version of Richard Weaver’s 1948 text, Ideas Have Consequences, is one of the “Essential Readings for the Modern Conservative” commissioned by the Alabama Policy Institute. Weaver’s purpose for the book is “examining the dissolution of Western civilization by a deduction from first principles rather than by analogy.” He promises to provide the beginnings of a solution to the crisis.

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