By Dave Andrusko
Responding to threats from the pro-abortion American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology to the certification status of physicians who promote “misinformation and disinformation” about abortion, the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists blasted ABOG’s July 7 statement.
ABOG certifies obstetricians and gynecologists.
ABOG said it would “review reports of dissemination of misinformation and disinformation about COVID-19, reproductive health care, abortion and other OBGYN practices that may harm the patients we serve or public health,” the statement reads.
Pro-life doctors are poised to take legal action against a national medical board, Valerie Richardson wrote. Donna Harrison is CEO of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists which represents nearly 7,000 medical professionals.
“The threat by the pro-abortion American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology to cancel the board certification of tens of thousands of OBGYNs who educate their patients about the peer-reviewed, evidence-based facts concerning abortion is an unprecedented intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship,” Dr. Harrison said in a statement.
ABOG wrote that misinformation “about contraception and abortion can create false narratives about essential safe practices in the specialty” and be used “to advocate for legislation, regulations, criminal code, and health policy,” according to Richardson.
“ABOG considers the dissemination of misinformation and disinformation that may threaten the health of the patients who place their trust in its [physicians] to be a violation of medical professionalism,” the board said.
The pro-life group said it has not received a response to a July 11 letter from its attorney “warning ABOG that any actions taken against pro-life doctors may result in ‘legal liability.’”
The letter from attorney Heather Gebelin Hacker, former Texas assistant solicitor general, also represented the Catholic Medical Association and the Christian Medical and Dental Association.
“ABOG’s statement plainly seeks to intimidate diplomates who may offer opinions or testimony that state legislatures or courts may rely on in examining abortion regulations,” Ms. Hacker said. “It is a naked attempt to prevent these diplomates from exercising their constitutionally protected rights.”