LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – When Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed a bill in April that would have given new power to Attorney General Daniel Cameron to regulate abortion clinics and also require abortions be suspended as an elective procedure during the coronavirus pandemic, it seemed to be the last word on the subject.
But was it?
Not so says The Family Foundation, which continues to question the School of Medicine at the University of Louisville’s connection with the EMW Women’s Surgical Center, the state’s lone remaining abortion clinic.
The Family Foundation says medical professors have testified under oath that they perform all the surgical abortions at the clinic. Kentucky law (KRS 311:715) states, “Public agency funds shall not be used for the purpose of obtaining an abortion or paying for the performance of an abortion.”
The organization says that the law should give the attorney general a reason to investigate the clinic’s relationship with the school.
Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, addressed the school’s connection further on Thursday during his daily podcast "The Briefing” saying the Ryan Residency Program has opened the door for abortion and the expansion of abortion rights and abortion training by changing the way physicians are trained.
Mohler said the residency program entices OB-GYNs in training to have exposure to and gain expertise in abortion. And there’s a reason behind it.
He said the majority of obstetricians and gynecologists in the United States have never performed an abortion. “They have nothing to do with abortion. They keep themselves very far from abortion,” Mohler said. “In a Christian worldview perspective, that's easy to understand. Why would anyone go into the specialization of delivering babies if you're going to use the knowledge you gain in obstetrics and gynecology to terminate life in the womb?”
Mohler began looking into the Ryan Residency Program and found an article in the July 2018 edition of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology that revealed an effort to make training in abortion more routine for physicians, in particular for young OB-GYNs. The report read: “Prior to the implementation of training requirements, the proportion of programs reporting routine training had fallen from 23% in 1985 to 12% in 1992.” That dropoff was clearly a problem for the abortion industry, Mohler said, so they did something about it.
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education decided that effective January 1, 1996, there were to be additional requirements for accredited programs.
“The article tells us that there was an effort to advocate on the part of abortion and to bring change in residency programs. Advocacy came from groups such as Medical Students for Choice," Mohler said. “But then we are told, additionally in 1999, soon after the American Council for Graduate Medical Education policy, ‘The Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program and Abortion and Family Planning was launched.’ The next sentence, ‘The Ryan program provides support for residency programs to initiate or expand dedicated family planning training.’”
Mohler said the residency program is a “shadow program” in the sense that it isn’t officially a part of the medical curriculum of many medical schools so that those medical schools can say they're not actively involved in abortion or abortion training, even though they are through the Ryan Residency Program.
He said he ran across another article a few months ago in the Tampa Bay Times in Florida. The headline was “Young Doctors Find a Calling on Abortions Front Lines.”
“It's a very sad story, but it also makes the point. It makes the point that most physicians don't want anything to do with abortion,” Mohler said. “The report tells us, ‘The medical field largely treats abortion as a specialty, not an essential part of a doctor's toolkit and most OB-GYNs don't perform abortions.’ That's a sign of common grace. That means that God's common grace has restrained doctors from performing abortions the same way that, thankfully, God's restraining grace as common grace also means that most doctors go into medicine. I say most meaning the vast majority, in order to heal, not to hurt, in order to save lives, not to end lives.”
Kent Ostrander, the executive director of The Family Foundation, says while Gov. Beshear has been vigilant about saving lives from COVID-19, he authorized abortion at “full speed ahead.”
As of May 20, there were 376 Kentuckians who died from coronavirus-related issues while over that same time period there have been 970 abortions in Kentucky.
“The magnitude of life lost is staggering,” Ostrander said.
"I call on every Kentucky Baptist to join me in praying daily for the abolition of legalized abortion in our country. There is certainly much more we can do and should do, but the first great action we can take is to cry out to God for the protection of the pre-born," added Todd Gray, executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.