Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Catholic obstetricians on the decline

Here’s an interesting article that just came out of the Catholic News Service.

According to Dr. Robert Walley, founder and executive director of MaterCare International: “Obstetricians who oppose having to perform abortions as part of their training or in their practice at public or private health care facilities sometimes face ‘a sort of medical totalitarianism’ and feel tremendous pressure to ‘do it this way or not at all,’

And so in societies where abortion is legal, Catholic obstetricians are fast disappearing. "Like the dinosaur who was frozen out by a climatic change, that's happening to us," Walley said.

Moreover, it is tough on anyone in the field not necessarily on conscientious Catholics he said, adding: “"It doesn't matter what side of the argument you're on with the abortion issue, nobody wants to spend their life doing abortions if you're a trained surgeon, a trained gynecologist.”

Adding to the despressing task of terminating a pregnancy is the litigation involved: “"The world now expects perfection, so if you don't get it and we can't guarantee that,” he said. The report further adds: “patients often sue the obstetrician, which then discourages people from continuing or even getting into this field.”

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