Revolution #275, July 22, 2012

Cheers to the 150 Doctors at Abington
Health System for Standing Up for Abortion!

More than 150 doctors at the Abington Health System have mounted public opposition to a plan for their hospital to merge with a Catholic institution and cease performing abortions. A letter signed by the 20 residents in Abington’s ob-gyn program read in part, “There is strong opposition to having our medical practice dictated by Catholic doctrine rather than our patients’ best interests and standard of care.” Robert Michaelson, an obstetrician-gynecologist who has worked at Abington for 33 years and who was the past president of the medical staff, said: “I would not be happy practicing at a hospital where accepted medical procedures are restricted. I love what I do.”

At a time when abortion and even birth control are coming under increasingly severe attack nationwide, it is all the more important that doctors and others stand up in defense of women’s fundamental right to abortion. Forced motherhood IS female enslavement. Doctors who provide abortions are heroes. Those who fight to protect women’s access to safe and unstigmatized abortion must be supported and joined with.

Forcing women to have children against their will is female enslavement.

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