Thursday, July 16, 2009

Obama's Catholic Surgeon General Nominee Favors Abortionist Training

She "spoke in favor of a vote by the AMA's governing body to 'urge medical schools to expand their curriculum' to teach 'more about abortion,'" LifeNews reported.

-- From "Obama's surgeon general pick will be grilled on 'life issues'" Posted at USA Today 7/14/09

Some Catholic health care voices are delighted with President Obama's pick for Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, but there are already rumbles of concern in the Catholic blogosphere over her stance on life issues.

Benjamin was named just days after Obama's audience with the pope (who gave him a copy of the church's latest statement on bioethics). But Obama has many abortion-rights supporting Catholics in his camp including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who attends Mass weekly.

. . . Benjamin's clinic is not an expressly Catholic institution. Experts questioned by various Catholic media had no comment on where she stood on life issues. And Obama has nominated other Catholics to critical positions who support abortion rights such as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

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From "Surgeon general pick: Train new doctors on abortions" © 2009 WorldNetDaily 7/14/09

Obama announced his nominee for surgeon general, Regina Benjamin, at the White House Monday. Benjamin, 52, is a family doctor in Alabama who established the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic "to provide health care with dignity to impoverished residents."

She is the first black woman and the first doctor younger than 40 to be elected to the American Medical Association's board of trustees, and in 2002 she became the first black woman to head a state medical society.

On the issue of abortion, Benjamin has advocated more training for doctors on how to terminate pregnancy.

"We are adopting a policy that medical school curriculum provide the legal, ethical, and psychological principles associated with abortion so students can learn all the factors involved," she said, according to the Associated Press.

Benjamin is also a member of the board of directors of Physicians for Human Rights, an organization that condemns illegal abortions in many nations across the world. According to LifeNews, the group has used on questionable statistics on mothers' deaths from abortions to call for legalization.

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