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Pro-life Ob/Gyns Object to Standards Requiring Abortion Referrals

Detroit, Feb. 21, 2008 (CWNews.com) - An organization representing pro-life doctors has lodged a strenuous objection against new standards set by the American Board of Ob/Gyn, which would require certified obstetricians and gynecologists either to perform abortions or to refer women to other doctors who would do so.

The American Association of ProLife Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) charges that the new norms proposed for ob/gyn practitioners would violate the rights of doctors to act in accordance with their consciences.

The dispute arises from standards set by an ethics committee established by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). That committee ruled last November that it would be "unethical" for an ob/gyn practitioner to refuse all involvement with abortion. In January that ACOG recommendation took on greater importance when the American Board of Ob/Gyn announced that doctors seeking certification in the field would be expected to comply with the ACOG ethical standards.

The pro-life doctors' group complained that "it seems that the (ACOG) ethics Committee does not understand the strength and depth of a conscience conviction against the elective, deliberate taking of an unborn human life. This is not a negotiable issue for those who hold this conviction."

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