by Dr. David McKalip
Doctors of America need your help to defund Planned Parenthood and a unique opportunity is coming for Catholics to help them. A rare debate will occur at the American Medical Association (AMA) meeting in Atlanta from November 14-17. As a member of the AMA “House of Delegates” (HOD), I have attended meetings nearly twice a year since 2005. The HOD debates and passes AMA policy on a variety of health related issues. In addition to big ticket items like Obamacare, tort reform and medical practice, it is common to have debates on “fair” trade, climate change, racial health disparities, fracking, sugar in soda, gun control, and many other social issues.
However, abortion (and efforts to end it) is off limits for public debate. Whenever the matter comes up, the preferred mode of all parties—even those opposed to abortion—is to avoid the debate in the name of “peace.” For too long this doctor has made a mistake and sinned in allowing silence on abortion at the AMA. I am now rectifying that situation. I am a brain and spine surgeon in St. Petersburg, Florida, a member of the Catholic Medical Association, and am proposing at the AMA a policy to end government funding of Planned Parenthood. I am calling for help and prayer from Catholics to help AMA delegates and doctors find the courage to stand against Planned Parenthood.
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Dr. David McKalip is a private practice brain and spine surgeon in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is a member of the Catholic Medical Association, past officer in the Florida Medical Association, past president of the Florida Neurosurgical Society and a Florida Delegate of the American Medical Association.