July 5, 2022
On June 27, media reported that a group of doctors spoke out in favor of the Anything Goes Abortion Amendment in Michigan: “Doctors like us strongly support this right,” said Dr. Rob Davidson, executive director of the Committee to Protect Health Care.
They say they support the amendment to oppose Michigan’s abortion laws, which would harm patients. But what about the amendment harming patients? The Anything Goes Abortion Amendment would gut licensing, health, and safety regulations regarding not just abortion, but anything related to pregnancy.
The amendment never mentions doctors, but only “health care professionals.” Why did they choose that language? A “health care professional” is defined in Michigan law as many professions, including massage therapists, acupuncturists, or athletic trainers. Do these doctors really believe their years of training can be replaced by a masseuse?
In what context is “health care professional” used in the amendment? In the first case, it’s for approving late-term abortions. While the amendment attempts to trick people into thinking it means doctors approving late-term abortions for serious health concerns, it means a massage therapist green-lighting an abortion for any reason imaginable.
In the second case, a “health care professional” can decide if an unborn child meets the definition of “viable.” The amendment changes “viability” to mean a child who can survive outside the womb without “extraordinary medical measures.” What does that mean? Generally, any care a full-term baby receives in a NICU could be considered extraordinary. Can a massage therapist decide if a disabled child needs extraordinary care and is worth saving?
The amendment goes even further. It specifically forbids state health regulators to “penalize, prosecute, or otherwise take adverse action against someone for aiding or assisting a pregnant individual in exercising their right to reproductive freedom with their voluntary consent.” So, really, you don’t even need to be a “health care professional” to provide any medical procedures related to pregnancy. If serious malpractice occurs, the amendment would stop even an investigation into the matter.
Are these doctors insane? Do they really believe massage therapists are qualified to provide medical advice about neonatal intensive care cases?
Perhaps these doctors haven’t read the amendment themselves. Or perhaps they are so committed to abortion that the foundation of their profession—proper medical training—is just necessary collateral damage in the quest to keep killing babies. Any women harmed as a result will also just be collateral damage.