I’ve been asked this question a lot lately, and so I decided it was worthy of a post. Many people, both women and men, tell me they don’t want to see a doctor who advocates for forced birth. And let’s be honest, it’s not fetal life they care about it, it is preventing abortion.
Obviously, for those who can get pregnant seeing a doctor who is an anti-abortion forced birther (AAFB) can lead to disastrous medical care. When I did abortions in Kansas it was not uncommon to receive calls from women in other states who had their prenatal ultrasounds after 20-22 weeks. And the time the anomaly was detected and confirmed it was too late to terminate in her state. I have heard from several women that their doctor specifically said they ordered ultrasounds this late to prevent abortions.
There is another reason to not want to be associated with these doctors — their so-called policy statements, which are propaganda and not research — often become “poof” for politicians eager to curtail reproductive rights. If a doctor’s group says abortion is bad then it must be bad, the absence of research and the use of religion as medicine apparently unimportant.
And finally, the reasons these doctors provide to support their anti-abortion forced birth agenda is anti-science, unethical, and pro proselytizing. What other science do they ignore in the face of religion? Many are against contraception and are pro “traditional marriage,” which is code for being opposed to LGBTQ+ rights.
The problem is most doctors who are anti-abortion forced birth don’t advertise the fact that on their doors. They should be forced to as it is unethical to impose your religion on your patient, but they don’t. Even within Catholic health organizations there are many pro choice OB/GYNs and other doctors who quietly refer patients out, so it can be hard to know.
There are three medical organizations — I struggle to call them professional, I mean one is listed as a hate group — that promote anti abortion forced birth positions. And so if your doctor is a member of one of these three groups they have paid to belong to an organization that spreads lies about abortion, among other things.
American Association of Pro Life OB/GYNs. Their site is filled with all kind of medical lies. What irks me about them is ACOG gives them an air of legitimacy by allowing them to have a booth and spread their lies at the annual medical meeting. Love their terminology (not!) — if you have a uterus and ovulate you are “abortion-vulnerable.” You can check if your doctor is a member here.
American College of Pediatricians, which is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. They are DEFINITELY NOT the same as the American Academy of Pediatrics, who are on the side of science and ethics! You have to e-mail (click here) to find out if your physician is a member of the American College of Pediatricians. Every professional medical society that is, uh, professional has a registry where you can easily find the members. I mean, that is part of the point. But when you are a medical hate group I guess you run things differently.
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Some of their garbage about abortion can be found here and here. I couldn’t find the link to look to see if your doctor is a member. Maybe their members are publicly shy, but perhaps some enterprising reader can navigate their site, find a directory, and post it in the comments.
You can also ask your doctor if they belong to these groups or check their website for listed affiliations. Checking their Twitter bio or searching tweets for comments about abortion may also yield clues.
Obviously, not everyone who is an anti-abortion forced birther (AAFB) will belong to these groups or be public about their views, however, if they are a member of one of these three physician groups you have a pretty good idea where they stand on abortion and on science and human rights in general. And if these doctors are not affecting your care they may very well be popping up on Fox News to spread lies about abortion or other matters or providing incorrect information to politicians.
So if you are pro-choice, also consider your choice of physician.