The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) strongly opposes the knee jerk recommendation for pregnancy termination in the event of Zika virus infection in pregnant women. In addition to the obvious killing of the unborn child who may or may not be infected, ACOG has no evidence that termination of pregnancy in Zika Virus infections produces superior outcome for women than carrying the child to term. ACOG's infatuation with abortion as a solution to problem pregnancies ignores the vast body of literature (45 years, over 150 research articles) which demonstrate that abortion increases a woman's risk of preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies. ACOG's knee jerk recommendation of abortion also ignores the literature demonstrating that women who carry babies with even lethal congenital defects but who are given perinatal hospice support do better psychologically than women who are directed to abort those babies and carry through with the abortion. It's time ACOG got their head out of Planned Parenthood's sandbox and faced their responsibility to advocate for the health and wellbeing of both the pregnant woman and her unborn child.
AAPLOG exists to encourage and equiip our membership and other concerned Hippocratic Medical practitioners to provide an evidence-based rational for defending the lives of both the pregnant mother and her unborn child.
AAPLOG strongly condemns the recent shooting at the Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic. We grieve for the families of the victims, and pray for God’s comfort and peace for them at this terrible time.
Although the mainstream media may label this deranged shooter as a “pro life activist”, this man acted in complete opposition to what the pro-life movement stands for. As pro-life physicians, we believe that killing human beings does not solve social problems. We believe in the sanctity of human life, which includes the lives of the unborn, their mothers and the lives of those with whom we disagree.
The American Association of Pro Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) was founded in 1973 for the purpose of changing the minds of our abortion-minded colleagues through education, dialogue and legislation. AAPLOG exists to provide an evidence-based rationale with which to defend both the pregnant mother and her unborn child.
For previous AAPLOG condemnations of violence see here http://www.aaplog.org/position-and-papers/miscellaneous-positions/aaplog-statement-against-violence/
As pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, we believe that all human beings have value and dignity and a right to life from the moment of conception through natural death. Because of this, we are opposed to abortion of any kind and at any gestational age.
This week, a video was released reportedly showing a national Planned Parenthood executive, an OB/GYN physician, callously describing the sale of fetal organs and tissues that are obtained from induced abortions in the second trimester. She even discusses the prices charged for these organs. She also describes how abortionists modify their methods of performing the abortion in order to keep some organs intact.
As an organization, AAPLOG sees several things about this situation that are both dangerous and deplorable.
1. The procedure described to obtain intact fetal organs in these abortion facilities is consistent with either 1) “D&X”(dilation and extraction) which is commonly known as partial birth abortion, illegal in the United States since 2003, or 2) “D&E”(dilation and evacuation).
In a D&E procedure, the living fetus is crushed and dismembered inside its mother’s womb and removed piece by piece. In a D&X procedure(dilation and extraction), more commonly known as partial birth abortion, the living fetus is delivered in breech presentation intact to the level of the head, and the base of the skull is then opened and the intracranial contents suctioned out prior to delivery of the head. Besides being inhumane procedures for the unborn human being, they pose significant risks to the mother . The forced dilation of her cervix leads to a significant increase in her risk for preterm delivery in the future.
2. Title 42 Chapter 6A of the U.S. Code, which includes laws governing the use of fetal tissue, clearly states "no alteration of the timing, method, or procedures used to terminate the pregnancy [may be] made solely for the purposes of obtaining the tissue." The changes to the method of abortion, in order to preserve certain organs intact, as described on this video very clearly violates this federal law.
3. From the video it appears that Planned Parenthood is profiting from the slaughter of innocent human beings through the sale of fetal organs. We believe this is a dangerous and immoral path that our society cannot tolerate. Throughout history we have seen what happens when we disregard the dignity of human lives in favor of profit. Profiting from the sale of human tissue also violates federal law.
It appears from the video that Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider may be violating federal laws pertaining to fetal tissue trafficking. Disregard for federal laws by the medical director of the nation’s largest abortion provider is unconscionable, especially when Planned Parenthood is currently being supported by millions of tax payer dollars. But even more unconscionable is the violent destruction of fetal human beings, particularly at gestational ages where they are capable of feeling pain, and where the fetus could live outside of the mother if given the proper medical support.
We fully support a congressional investigation into this matter and call for removal of taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood.