JULY 25, 2019
Today, a coalition of medical organizations released a public statement condemning recent comments in favor of abortion and opposed to conscience protections made by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Osteopathic Association. The coalition letter calls on this “Group of Six” left leaning medical guilds to acknowledge the scientific fact that every human person’s life begins at fertilization and to recommit to the ancient medical ethics principle of “first do no harm.”
The coalition of pro-life healthcare organizations includes the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Pediatricians, Catholic Medical Association, Christian Medical Association, Coptic Medical Association, National Association of Catholic Nurses and The National Catholic Bioethics Center.
Executive Director of American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) Michelle Cretella, MD, said “Americans need to realize that the Group of Six do not represent physicians who take an oath to first do no harm in the tradition of Hippocrates. The Hippocratic Oath logically forbids the intentional killing of human life from conception to natural death. Death is not a state of health; killing is not caring. Abortion, assisted suicide and euthanasia are not health care.”
The pro-life medical coalition chastises the pro-abortion medical guilds for using the “sanctity of the patient-physician relationship” in their comments as an excuse to reject the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. Furthermore, the coalition encourages their primary care colleagues to recognize the inherent right to life of all human persons, regardless of age, stage of development, physical or mental ability, physical location, state of dependency or the subjective designation of “being desired.” The coalition is calling for better and more equitable healthcare for all vulnerable populations, including improved access to maternal and fetal healthcare, and improvement on social determinants of health.