By Mary Hahn Beerworth, Executive Director, Vermont Right to Life
Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a letter to the editor that appeared in the Burlington [Vermont] Free Press.
The (UVMMC) Board of Trustees, without notice to hospital staff, voted to change their decades-old policy of limiting their practice of abortion on hospital premises to rare cases of what they termed “medically necessary” (“UVM Medical Center reverses policy; will provide elective abortions” Jan. 25).
As a result of the vote, elective abortions are now being performed as part of the UVMMC’s “family planning” services. Why?
Could this surreptitious change, after 46 years, be connected to one central figure: the new chair of the UVMMC Board of Trustees, Allie Stickney?
As a former CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England headquartered in Williston, Stickney has made a career out of abortion advocacy, taking top level positions within the Planned Parenthood network.
From Williston to Portland, Oregon, to Manhattan, New York, Stickney built up her résumé by dedicating herself to this highly controversial organization.
The Vermont controversies alone involving Planned Parenthood are numerous and have often involved their promotion of radical and risky ideas of sexuality for young teens. …
Nationally, Planned Parenthood affiliates face scandals that include the release of undercover videos capturing employees callously discussing the sale of aborted baby body parts with research labs willing to pay for everything from fetal tissue to organs ranging from eyes to brains.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America spends millions on political elections in order to protect their agenda of unlimited, unrestricted abortion throughout all nine months of a woman’s pregnancy. Planned Parenthood’s network of clinics is far better known for being the single largest provider of abortions, and for political activism, than for offering health care services for women.
In some states, hospital boards would recognize that Allie Stickney’s devotion to abortion advocacy could represent a conflict of interest. It would be inappropriate if UVMMC would allow the reversal of decades of abortion policy based on Stickney’s influence. Yet the question must be asked, is Allie Stickney unduly influencing the Board of Trustees?
Those in charge of setting hospital policy will have to contend with Vermonters who expect health care systems to recognize the value of every human life. But, all Vermonters should be concerned at the thought that the UVMMC Board of Trustees is acting “under the influence.”