A Texas abortionist made several statements last Wednesday which demonstrated a total disregard for women’s health. The remarks were made at a hearing over an Alabama law requiring that abortionists have hospital admitting privileges.
The bill is poised to shut down abortion mills in the state, because normally an abortionist’s residency near the hospital is required for the granting of hospital admitting privileges. At Montgomery County’s abortion mill, all of the abortionists travel in from out of state (a common practice in the abortion industry).
The admitting privileges issue triggered disdain and inaccurate comments from abortionist Paul Fine of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. On Wednesday he testified before District Judge Myron Thompson:
I’m not aware of any procedure in medicine where it is required by law that a physician performing it have admitting privileges.
Fine may be “unaware” of these procedures, but he certainly has no excuse for his ignorance. As Live Action’s Sarah Terzo chronicled,
In 2003, an ACS/AMA (American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association) had a meeting… The participants unanimously came to the conclusion that: “Physicians performing office-based surgery must have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, a transfer agreement with another physician who has admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, or maintain an emergency transfer agreement with a nearby hospital.”
The following groups all signed off on this regulation:
1. Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care
2. American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery,
3. American Academy of Dermatology,
4. American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,
5. American Academy of Ophthalmology,
6. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons,
7. American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery,
8. American Academy of Pediatrics,
9. American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities,
10. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists,
11. American College of Surgeons,
12. American Medical Association,
13. American Osteopathic Association,
14. American Society for Dermatologic Surgery,
15. American Society for Reproductive Medicine,
16. American Society of Anesthesiologists,
17. American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery,
18. American Society of General Surgeons,
19. American Society of Plastic Surgeons,
20. American Urological Association,
21. Federation of State Medical Boards,
22. Indiana State Medical Society,
23. Institute for Medical Quality-California Medical Association,
24. Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations,
25. Kansas Medical Society,
26. Massachusetts Medical Society,
27. Medical Association of the State of Alabama,
28. Medical Society of the State of New York,
29. Missouri State Medical Association,
30. National Committee for Quality Assurance,
31. Pennsylvania Medical Society, and
32. Society of Interventional Radiology.
Case closed; but not for Paul Fine. He went on to assert that abortion is “safer than getting a shot of penicillin.” Fine seems to be under the impression that saying things lends them de facto truth. In actual reality (not the reality in which Fine lives), abortion is not “safe,” as Life Dynamics’ Blackmun Wall testifies.
Furthermore, the assertion that abortion is safe because it’s safer than other things is a fallacy in itself. Even if abortion were safer than the host of medical procedures to which abortion proponents like to contrast it, this fact would not make abortion itself safe. And to say it would is the fallacy of false cause. Then again, abortion backers, who advocate legalized murder, aren’t known for their logic skills.
Fine also argued that Louisiana should not pass its pro-life bill because the risk of abortion-related complications and maternal deaths are, in his opinion, low:
The risk of death from abortion is about six per 1 million.
It is very important to emphasize that abortion reporting numbers in the United States are a farce. The CDC only gathers information from states that voluntarily submit reports, and those reports follow vague guidelines as determined by the individual states. In essence, it is up to states and abortion mills to determine what they report to the federal government. Therefore the CDC can only under-report on these numbers. The only other reliable source for these stats comes from the Guttmacher Institute, which is an organization dedicated to abortion rights. It is in the Institute’s interest to portray abortion as a safe procedures; its bias cannot be trusted to publish comprehensive numbers on maternal death, either.
Even if Fine could substantiate his statistics (he cannot), the pro-life movement asserts that the lives and dignity of those 6 women per 1 million are worth protecting with pro-woman legislation.