Wednesday, April 18, 2007

There Are No Handshakes After An Abortion

If you haven’t heard yet, there are plenty of stories coming out of the UK this past week about a shortage of doctors available to perform abortions.

One of those reports came from the Daily Mail today.

Family doctor James Gerrard is one of a growing number of medical professionals who are refusing to refer women for abortion.

"Medically, abortion really isn't a popular thing to do, it is not a very technical or demanding operation and it's actually quite disheartening," he said.

"There's no handshakes or slaps on the backs afterwards, or the sense that you've done something great for someone. The best you can hope for is a sense of relief that it is over."

Notice that in this article the doctors speaking strongly against abortion and refusing to violate a true Hippocratic Oath are all Christians. Rightly so.

[Think of the ripples in the medical profession if ALL professing Christian doctors took such a stand. Many unborn lives would be saved. Shouldn’t many more Christians be active in accomplishing such a goal?]

Times columnist Libby Purves wrote a controversial piece giving her viewpoint on the trend, suggesting it was “a crisis brought on by our selfish desires.” As you might expect, she was seriously taken to task for suggesting a link between abortion and selfishness.

Here Christians can get a further look into the dynamics of the corrupted thinking surrounding killing unborn children. I often find the comment boxes associated with these news stories more instructive than the stories themselves. I’m not sure that the comments are altogether representative of all of society but it probably reflects some cross section at least.

My guess is that we have a similar situation here in Canada with regard to the percentage of doctors willing to do abortions. I think that if Christians particularly made an issue of whether their family doctor supported abortion [by refusing to accept healthcare from a physician that was not opposed to abortion] we would see an increasingly greater shortage of such doctors.

And indirectly, more public pressure to reject the killing of unborn children.

Have you asked your family doctor about where he/she stands on the killing of unborn children?


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