Has the practice of
abortion changed the image of medicine?
The legalization and "medicalization" of
abortion initiated a radical change in our conception of doctors and medicine.
The doctor who takes advantage of the legalization of
abortion might have the impression of serving his patient by performing an abortion for
her. It is nevertheless suitable to wonder about the doctor's attitude:
- Is this doctor still unconditionally at the service of life in its beginnings? Is he not
putting his art at the service of those who are stronger? Isn't he sacrificing
the existence of the weakest to the interests of the strongest?
- Doesn't the doctor risk exercising his art for the
preferences of the state or dominant groups? Doesn't he become a mercenary who is
concerned not to protecting life and health, but rather in serving a patron other than the
- We know that today there are doctors who sterilize, abort
(which ncessitates inflicting terrible torture on the fetus to put it to death), and
practice active euthanasia, sometimes presented as
"assisted suicide." We are witnessing an essentially qualitative change
in the doctor-patient relationship.
- Furthermore, studies recently published show that some
doctors plan to associate themselves with power, to participate in it, and even to ensure "management of life by the state." Who will bear
the expense of this medical technocracy? The so-called developed nations? The
third world? The poor?
Whence the necessity for certain doctors to make known
without ambiguity their position regarding respect for life and their position vis-à-vis
political power. Hence also the need for doctors who are unconditional servants of life to
organize on an international level. To make oneself known is indispensable for being
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