Training Doctors

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Registered: 08-15-2008
Training Doctors
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Mon, 11-24-2008 - 7:37am

The Washington Post ran a very interesting article about the training of abortion doctors:


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/14/AR2008111401698.html?sid=ST2008112101349&s_pos=


I thought it captured the dilemma of young doctors pretty well.

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Registered: 04-19-2006
Mon, 11-24-2008 - 8:36am

I liked the article and thought it was well written. One thing that stood out ot me was where it said some people feel doctors should not be taught how to do abortions.

>>Nevertheless, many people, including some of Lesley's friends, believe abortion is the murder of an unborn child and should not be legal, much less taught to future doctors. <<

See now no matter how you feel about elective abortions surely people realize abortions have to happen sometimes right? I mean are people really that ignorant of reality that they think every pregnancy is viable? This line of thinking makes no sense to me.

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Registered: 08-15-2008
Mon, 11-24-2008 - 10:50am

Yeah, that line scared me as well.

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Registered: 03-23-2008
Mon, 11-24-2008 - 3:58pm

>>But later, before she left, she did ask the doctor one question: "How do you advise patients without appearing judgmental?"


The answer -- that appearing judgmental wasn't the doctor's concern, only doing what she felt was right for patients -- made Lesley realize that "there are people who wholeheartedly believe they are doing their patients good" by not mentioning abortion or prescribing birth control pills. She found that problematic. "You can't assume what is right for you is right for the patient," she decided. <<


This paragraph spoke to me. There are so many instances where we judge people based on our own experiences. But, on the flip side, would it be equally wrong to look at the 15 year old with the baby and one on the way and say "I know what's best for you and that's to finish school and to not have anymore children until you yourself are an adult"? In our society, it is best to have an education in order to provide for your children. But for someone who believes that abortion and birth control are murder, is the pro-choice judgment of "you should be using birth control" of the same caliber as "you should not be using birth control"?


Are we simply substituting our judgment for the one we don't agree with?


(I hope that makes sense. It makes sense in my head, but I guess we'll see if it translated well enough in my post.)


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