|Mark Crutcher, Life Dynamics Inc., has published a Most interesting informative booklet, ACCESS, concerning the fear of the pro-aborts that access to abortion will end without litigation simply because the efforts of pro-lifer's is greatly diminishing the number of doctors willing to train/perform abortions. For your benefit, we're reprinting here all of Mark Crutcher's text and some of the quotes. There are many more. AND add to the quotes one we just heard ourselves, firsthand: "(1 don't think Roe v. Wade YAII be overturned soon. With Clinton as president, and Supreme Court appointments as they are. But with a new president, it's possible.) And yes, the issue of access, I'm very concerned about." - Sarah Waddington, attorney for "Jane Roe" (Norma McCorvey) of Roe v. Wade, speaking at a symposium at Drake University in Des Moines, April 3, 1998. If you'd like a FREE copy of the entire ACCESS booklet for yourself, see the end of this document.|
BY MARK CRUTCHER
THE KEY TO PRO-LIFE VICTORY
As the 25th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade comes and goes, the pro-life movement appears to stand on the brink of collapse. Our people may not be shutting off the lights and locking the doors, but they are tired and in their hearts they no longer believe in victory. They have lost the fire in the belly.
The problem is, the despair they feel was conceived in deception. Like people watching a movie, what they are seeing is being controlled by others. On the screen they see a nation that once cherished the principles of right and wrong disintegrating into one that worships only unfettered tolerance and choice.
They witness a country that has always claimed a sense of high moral purpose elect and re-elect a man like Bill Clinton as its leader.
They also watch the only political party that even claims to believe in the preservation of life slowly turn its back and walk away.
Finally, and worst of all, every Sunday they are forced to endure abject cowards who hide behind pulpits whining that the slaughter of God's children is not the church's business.
But as you are about to read, what's on the screen is not all there is. While it may be the truth, it is not the whole truth. In the sunlight outside of the darkened theater is a story that the movie isn't telling.
And this is a story that changes everything.
In 1992, the United States Supreme Court heard a case that many people on both sides of the abortion issue believed might be used to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
However, not only did that not happen, the court chose to go far beyond the scope of that case to reaffirm that mothers have the constitutional right to kill their children. In one of the most bizarre twists of logic ever seen in a Supreme Court decision, the 1992 court basically said it didn't want to belittle the 1973 court by suggesting that Roe was incorrectly decided. Incredible as it may seem, these guys decided to sentence millions of helpless babies to death just to avoid embarrassing a few old chin-droolers in black robes.
Since that time, the court has refused to grant full review to even one abortion-related case. The only flexibility they have shown has been a suspicious willingness to accept cases that deal with anti-abortion protesters. One can logically conclude that the Supreme Court considers the abortion issue settled, with the only unresolved question being what portion of their first amendment rights pro-lifers should be allowed to retain.
The political implications of this situation are unambiguous and profound. It is now clear that even if every legislative body in America was stacked with pro-lifers, the Supreme Court would offhandedly discard any meaningful pro-life legislation passed as unconstitutional. In fact, this has already happened many times. And the only way around this is either the appointment and confirmation of a new Supreme Court dominated by committed pro-lifers or the passage of a Human Life Amendment. Of course, as any rational observer to this process can attest, neither of those is a remote possibility anytime soon-if ever.
But all is not lost. To the contrary, in spite of the current judicial/political environment, the pro-life side is winning. Right now, the future of abortion in America is in serious jeopardy simply because access to abortion is evaporating. While our legislative, educational, and street activist efforts may not have accomplished what they were intended to accomplish, they have at least convinced a vast and growing majority of the medical community that abortion is not something with which they want to involve themselves.
For proof, I submit just a few of the comments made by pro-aborts regarding the importance and status of access. Following that, I've also included some observations made by various media sources. If you'll listen carefully to what both groups are saying, you'll hear them describing the key to our victory.
ABORTION INDUSTRY OBSERVATIONS
"That's how the anti's are going to win. They are not going to win in the legislatures unless they get lucky. They are going to win by attrition, because fewer and fewer doctors will perform abortions."
Herbert Hodes, Abortionist
"We've seen a turn-off of physicians coming into this field."
Ed Boaz, Abortionist
"There is nothing more critical [than the shortage of abortionists]. If you don't have people to provide the service, then political and legal victories become moot."
Barbara Radford, Former Director
"Basically, I think one of the reasons clinics are closing is because of the doctors. You cannot get a good doctor. That's one of the reasons we closed Park. I hate to have that in the paper so the anti-abortionists will say they've won-but they did."
Eileen Adams, Former Administrator
"Unless drastic changes are made, American women will lose the right to abortion and the [US] Supreme Court won't be the cause of it ... the reason will be that physicians either can't or won't perform this essential service."
Barbara Radford, Former Director
"I'm a Clinical Manager at a clinic in Santa Cruz, California. We do about 100 abortions a month. We're talkin' about no doctors want to come and work in abortion clinics. Guess what? No nurses want to come and work in abortion clinics."
Genevieve Grein, Manager
"To [abortionist Robert] Crist, the quality of abortion doctors is one of the most troubling aspects of what abortion has become ... the few doctors willing to replace [those who are retiring], Crist says, are 'mostly physicians who have had difficulty establishing regular ob-gyn practices.' As an example, he mentions a clinic in Nebraska where a young doctor was brought in to replace an older one. 'Out of his first six months of work, there are nine malpractice suits ... After it was apparent the guy was a klutz, they kept using him, and trying to cover for him, because they couldn't find another provider. It's a bad picture,' he says."
St. Petersburg Times, June
"For two years, I sent out letters to every completing ob/gyn resident in the country-over two thousand letters-without getting any response. I advertised in trade publications, I talked to search firms, all without result."
Lynne Randall, Executive Director
"I can count on my two hands the number of available physicians ... in I 1 years, I have never had a physician in this area who was willing to work for us,'
Tina Welsh, Executive Director
" we are seeing a continued unwillingness of physicians in our area to perform abortion procedures ... in this past year we have not had one single resident consent to being taught how to perform elective abortion procedures at Washington University School of Medicine."
Catherine Dean, Abortionist
"If we see a doctor out there who's really hurting women, it's incumbent upon us to blow the whistle-no matter what the outcome. But it's a real choice, because you could end up with someone worse-or no doctor at all ... [I understood that abortionist Tommy Tucker had problems at his clinic] but I thought ... if Tommy leaves, what's going to happen? No one Is going to be there ..."
Ron Fitzsimmons. Director
" it's easy to isolate providers in Florida and to target them and because their margin of surviving is so small ... you can have a hope of wiping them out and reduce their business ... because they have such a shortage of doctorS."
Terry Merrit-Reed, Vice President
"[I] fear for the future because the only major abortion provider in Spokane is about to retire.'
Constance J. Brumm ,
"... legal abortion Is meaningless if no one is able or willing to perform it."
Warren Hern, Abortionist
"Abortion opponents will achieve their goal without ever having to overturn Roe vs. Wade."
Kate Michelman, Director
"In 1988, I fired an abortion doctor because of a bad attitude. Months later I realized I never would be able to fill his position."
Jean Hunt, Former Director
"Old people like me are going to be moving along. We don't have a lot of people to take our place."
William F. Peterson, Abortionist
'There are so many disincentives to providing abortions ... Doctors who introduced it into their practices received an awful lot of pressure and have been inclined to drop it.'
Richard Soderstrom, Abortionist
"[Abortionist Jane] Hodgson, 76, regularly travels more than 150 miles from her home in St, Paul to a clinic in Duluth to do what other doctors will not-perform abortions in this small, Midwestern city on Lake Superior ... It is so difficult to find physicians who are willing to do abortions ... 'They really can't get anybody else,' Hodgson said. 'It's ridiculous, really."'
Houston Chronicle, June 14, 1992
"The problem is, there were only so many people with the intestinal fortitude to stand up and be counted that they do abortions ... most of us are 55 to 60 ... the younger people who have come in have seen the hassle, and they don't even start."
Robert Prince, Abortionist
"I probably get a couple of calls a week. They essentially say, we have had a physician who's been pitching in and helping us. He's moving or retiring. We're in trouble. We don't have anyone."
Pat Anderson, Former Director
National Abortion Federation
"Having the right to abortion doesn't mean a damn thing if you can't access it."
Barbara Ellis, Abortion Advocate
"This marginalizing of physicians has combined with anti-abortion violence, low reimbursement rates and providers' bottom-rung status within the medical profession to create a shortage that needn't exist.
Warren Hern, Abortionist,
" opponents of abortion in New England may have lost the battle of public opinion, but they appear to be winning the war ... there are no longer enough doctors and hospitals in some areas to provide abortions ..."
The Boston Globe, March 22, 1993
"While it is still the law, and women do have a constitutional right to have an abortion, in some places it is almost as difficult to get an abortion today as it was before Roe vs. Wade ... forty-five states have fewer [abortion] providers today than they did ten years ago ... the latest trends suggest that, in the future, women who want an abortion may have to travel further, pay more, and wait longer to get one."
ABC World News Tonight, January 16, 1998
"In the early years of her clinic, which opened in 1978, [clinic administrator] Ayers usually could find a doctor within a hundred miles. Before her obstetrician took a brief vacation last week, it took her two months to line up a replacement for one day. He came from several states away."
The Washington Post, January 22, 1995
"Abortion is a matter of choice in this country not only for women but for physicians as well. All over the country, most physicians are choosing not to do It-even when their specialties suggest that they would."
American Medical News, December 8, 1989
"Its a procedure that fewer doctors, hospitals and clinics provide, next to no medical schools teach, and almost no researchers study. Twenty-five years after Roe v. Wade, the right to abortion may not be enough ... The medical infrastructure undergirding the right to an abortion is strained to the breaking point and the practical reality of abortion Is retreating into a half-lighted ghetto of pseudonyms, suspicion and fear ... today 59% of all abortion doctors are at least 65 years old ... nearly two-thirds are beyond legal retirement age."
The New York Times Magazine, January 18, 1998
"[Americas abortionists] are growing old, and there is the prospect of their not being replaced."
The New York Times Magazine, January 18, 1998
"This is a war [pro-lifers] could win without prevailing in a single court battle. All they have to do is intimidate physicians into leaving their clinics and discourage medical students from entering the field in the first place."
Pamela White, Abortion Advocate
"The biggest obstacle to women seeking abortions today, is not a line of protesters on a clinic sidewalk. Nor is it laws that limit access for teenagers and the poor. It is finding a doctor ... despite the fact that most physicians say they support abortion rights, many are unwilling to live with the professional and social stigma that comes with performing abortions."
The Spokesman Review, January 19, 1998
"Just four years ago, Alex Sanger of Planned Parenthood New York had to close his abortion clinic for three weeks because he couldnt find [an abortionist]."
ABC News Nightline, February 20, 1995
"Twenty-five years after Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion, finding doctors and clinics that will perform the procedure still can be a challenge ... access is so limited that abortions still feel forbidden."
USA Today, January 19. 1998
Those who run abortion clinics, even in large cities, say that recruiting doctors is now their most serious problem."
San Francisco Chronicle, March 16, 1992