The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill on March 2 to prevent medical professionals who are not OB/GYNs from committing abortions. Under the new bill, only board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists would be allowed to commit abortions. The bill passed the House in a vote of 80-19, along party lines, and will now go to the Senate.
House Bill 1904 would help to protect women who undergo abortions from serious injuries caused by doctors who do not specialize in OB/GYN care. In Louisiana, for example, women have suffered severe injures during abortions, which are allowed to be committed by any doctor. In that state, an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) and a radiologist were committing abortions on women.
Bill sponsor Rep. Cynthia Roe (R) said that while the bill will help to protect women from abortion-related injuries, her overall goal is to see abortion numbers decline in Oklahoma. “The intent of this bill,” she explained directly, “is to hopefully drastically reduce the number of abortions in the state.”
According to Tulsa World, “a number of primary care physicians reportedly perform abortions.” The reason so many non-OB/GYNs commit abortions is because most OB/GYNs do not want to participate in the intentional killing of preborn human beings.
“I think one of the common misconceptions that people have about OB/GYNs in training, or about OB/GYNs even in practice is that we spend lots of time or money and resources around abortion when, in fact, we really don’t,” explained private practice OB/GYN Dr. Alicia Thompson on the Coming Home Network. While abortion is touted as a standard form of pregnancy care, this is not actually true.
Dr. Thompson said that while the “majority of OB/GYNs would say that they are pro-choice” they “do not participate in [abortion].” According to Dr. Thompson and Dr. Christina Francis of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, at least 85% of OB/GYNs do not commit or take part in abortions.
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