Van Badham opines:

Medically speaking, an early-term clinical abortion is a minor procedure.

For the mother-to-be, yes. It’s a bit more than that for the potential baby, eh, Van?

Even so, there remain doctors who cite religious reasons against pregnancy termination treatment. As the Hippocratic oath states very clearly “I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone”, the refusal of such doctors to perform a procedure always sought in a patient’s best medical interest can be confounding.

It’s not confounding at all – the tell-tale giveaway in that oath is the word ‘anyone’.

But Van’s prepared to put up with this state of affairs anyway (at least, for now…), for the greater good:

. …what the AMA’s “best practice” position amounts to is the recognition that the state does not have the right to enforce political or religious beliefs over doctors in the provision of care … In the paradoxical world of pro-choice politics, a defence of the right of doctors to deny abortion services without state interference must therefore be a necessary commitment of those whose cause is the autonomy of women to decide their own medical treatment without state interference, too.

The precedent and principle extends far beyond the present abortion wars, of course. Conscientious objection is what enables doctors to fight for Australian standards of care for refugees in Australian detention at Manus Island, for example …

Because Australia needs those refugees, to replenish the population, I suppose?

8 comments for “Convenience…

  1. john in cheshire
    January 7, 2014 at 11:23 am

    As I understand it, here in the UK, we have been killing babies for at least a decade at the rate of about 200,000 per year. If we had allowed these babies to live, there would be no need for any mass immigration to meet the socalled short fall in the workforce. So, I can only conclude that someone or some persons have taken a deliberate decision to deplete the indigenous population using infanticide as one tool, while introducing foreign bloodlines and allegiances into our midst, which can only lead, eventually, to strife and tribulations. To what end? Satan only knows – though I suppose, I trust that God will eventually put an end to all this evil.

    • Ed P
      January 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      A foetus is not a baby – calling it one is emotive, not logical or accurate. Not many foetuses survive outside the womb before 24 weeks gestation (and those that do have a much higher likelihood of physical problems).
      I cannot believe you are suggesting seriously that there is a deliberate policy – may (your) God help you see more clearly.

      • January 8, 2014 at 12:29 am

        Search for pictures of a foetus at several weeks (easily found) and you may well agree that John in Cheshire is correct. You might be surprised at the human development taking place at such an early stage.

        Funny, that. I thought we all learned such things in biology class.

        • Ed P
          January 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm

          The shape may be recognisably human, but the internal organs are not formed, so my point about survivability stands.
          Interestingly, the “ancients” – pre modern medical knowledge – thought that the soul entering the foetus was when it “quickened”, at approx 12 weeks.

  2. PT
    January 7, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Depends on how many of those 200.000 would have been willing to work for ‘the greater good’, I guess…

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