Ohio Right to Life recently asked us if we would join them in a letter critical of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a move we were happy to make. We signed the letter, along with other medical groups, to urge the American Academy of Pediatrics to wind back its position that even teenagers have a clear right to abortion. The Academy’s position further contends that this is an unfettered right with no restrictions, no even parental involvement. Ohio Right to Life president Mike Gonidakis said this:
In a sad twist, the Academy in fact harms children twice: First, the teen seeking the abortion; and second, the child who is the target of abortion. The statement appears to be first and foremost that of a political agenda. . . [T]he modern-day American medical profession was founded with the intent of stamping out harmful practices like abortion—practices that contradict the physician’s duty to ‘First, do no harm.’ If the American Academy of Pediatrics is to honor that legacy and truly dedicate themselves to the health of all children, they will rescind this horrific polemic in favor of sound medical science.
What a distortion of parental duties — implying that we protect our adolescent children by allowing them to commit such an immoral act. We stand with Ohio Right to Life and other professional organizations that expose this as a lie.