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Responding to ACOG…Again

April 4, 2024

by Steven A. Foley, MD

On February 27, 2024, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a “Consensus Statement on Threats to Reproductive and Maternal Health Care.” ACOG and 12 other organizations act as though they are speaking on behalf of all OB/Gyns to further their agenda that abortion is healthcare. I would like to respond, because they do not speak on my behalf.


This consensus statement is nothing more than an ideological advocacy statement on abortion rights, not maternal health. No scientific evidence exists to show that “curtailing” access to abortion will compromise, as the statement asserts, “the health of patients and the sustainability of obstetrics and [the] gynecology community.” If you have evidence, then present it. This is just a promotion of unlimited abortion.


Here is my point: Abortion terminates the life of an unborn person. It is not essential for maternal healthcare.


One of the advocacy statements being made by ACOG, through their numerous news releases, president’s blog posts and statements, is that limiting access to abortion will prevent healthcare professionals from saving the life of the mother. This is a lie, and these organizations understand that. No pro-life healthcare professional would let a women die before delivering a previable baby. The laws in all the states absolutely support this. It is a scare tactic.


Give us evidence that limiting abortion compromises women’s healthcare. Give us evidence that it affects the sustainability of obstetrics and gynecology. In the scientific world, in the evidence-based medicine world, just making statements, as they have done here, is not scientific.


Thousands of pro-life OB/Gyns practice excellent reproductive and maternal healthcare in this country without performing abortions. They do this because abortion is not maternal health are. In fact, it’s the exact opposite—it does not move the patient to health. It appears these organizations have one goal, and that is to make abortion unrestricted and available until term.


  1. Avatar Thomas Ritter on May 6, 2024 at 10:07 pm

    Well, said brother. As a former member of ACOG, I could not have said it better. I voluntarily withdrew my membership years ago. I did maintain ABOG certification until retiring in 2014. I could not in good conscience support ACOG with my dues. When it comes to abortion , and especially partial birth abortion , ACOG does not in truth represent real medicine and health of the mother or her unborn human being. Roe vs Wade was based on a lie, later recanted by so called, Miss Wade.

  2. Avatar Sandy Christiansen on May 8, 2024 at 7:06 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, Steve, well said!

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