Secretive Residency Program Pressures Residents to Perform Abortions

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by Anita Carey  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 5, 2018   

Ryan Residency Training Program funded by billionaires to mainstream abortion

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Population control proponents with big money have infiltrated the universities training doctors, forcing residents to perform abortions. 

The Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program (Ryan Program) in abortion and family planning was named after abortionist Kenneth J. Ryan, who once gave an address to the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society titled Abortion or Motherhood, Suicide and Madness.

The impetus for the Ryan Program was started in 1999 by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), a physician-led group who determine the curriculum for the education of doctors. Worried that no young doctors were entering the business of abortion,  the ACGME mandated that obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) residency training must provide an "opportunity" for training and performing first and second-trimester abortions. In recent years, the program expanded its reach into training for family practitioners. 

Church Militant spoke with Dr. Donna Harrison, executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), about the Ryan Program. Doctor Harrison noted that it is a "fairly quiet and well-funded program that puts faculty members into teaching positions at medical schools across the country with the specific purpose of teaching residents how to perform abortions and mainstream abortion into residency programs." 

The Ryan Program is run by the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health (Bixby Center) in San Francisco. All of Bixby Center's former directors have ties to big abortion as former board members of the Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood or other foundations that support population control. 

Church Militant asked Dr. Harrison how they could force residents to perform abortions if the Ryan Program is an "opt-out" program, and it is against federal law to require anyone to perform an abortion against their wishes? Dr. Harrison replied, "There is more than one way to put pressure on medical students and residents in training," she explained. 

"Residency is a very lonely experience, and you're exhausted. To have to fight additional pressure to violate your conscience is very, very difficult." She noted that residency is also a time to develop camaraderie and develop professional relationships to help throughout your career. Because delivering babies is a round-the-clock profession, most OB/GYN doctors have several partners.  

The Ryan fellows are there to promote abortions and to put pressure on those medical students and residents who do not want to do abortions.

Dr. Harrison described a direct way of pressuring residents. She related the experience of a resident she knew, adding "it's a pretty common tactic." She explained:  

Abortionists, who are on staff at the hospital, may start an abortion and then sign out responsibility for completing that abortion to the residents. It then puts the responsibility for completing that abortion squarely on the shoulders of the resident who is covering labor and delivery. 

"The abortionist does this to force the resident to materially cooperate in killing the unborn child, even if the resident does not want to do elective abortions," she said.

In addition to the over $18 million in taxpayer money the Bixby Center receives, much of its funding comes from pro-abortion and population control foundations. One of them is the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a foundation that admits it "has a long and proud history of supporting women's ability to plan whether and when to have children."  

Warren Buffet and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are also supporters of the Bixby Center as well. Melinda Gates, a self-proclaimed Catholic, freely admits, "Contraceptives empower women," and her foundation just committed to donating $375 million to global population control and abortion efforts because of the Trump administration's numerous pro-life efforts.   

The practices of abortion providers are remarkably deviant from standard medical procedures.

Abortionist Uta Landy is currently the national director of the program. She is the recipient of numerous awards from the abortion industry, and her bio notes "she has overseen the global placement of 250 family planning fellows."

Doctor Harrison notes these fellowships are paid, university professors that "are placed there to promote abortion." 

"The lure for the medical school is that it is a funded faculty position," Dr. Harrison said, and "the medical school gets another warm body to teach, and they don't have to pay for it."

"The Ryan fellows are there to promote abortions and to put pressure on those medical students and residents who do not want to do abortions," Harrison relays. 

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"The practices of abortion providers are remarkably deviant from standard medical procedures," Dr. Harrison explains. "The product of an elective abortion is a dead baby. It's not the separation of a mother and her baby." She explained that the abortionists benefit from confusing these life-saving separations with elective abortions. 

Dr. Harrison noted that separation can be achieved by "cesarean section or an induced labor in a place where both the mom and baby are likely to survive. That is the point of the separation so that the mom and the baby can both live." 

When push comes to shove, the reality is what you're paying that abortionist for is to kill your baby

"The purpose, the point and the product of elective abortion is a dead baby. That was made exquisitely clear during the partial-birth abortion testimony in front of the Supreme Court. The abortionists argued that banning partial-birth abortion was an infringement of trade because it prevented them from producing their product which was a dead fetus." 

"When push comes to shove, the reality is what you're paying that abortionist for is to kill your baby." Dr. Harrison explained, adding, "It's to make sure that baby's born dead — not to save your life, not to save your health but for social reasons because there's never ever any reason medical indication for an elective abortion. That's why they're elective." 

 

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