For years the island of Guam only had only two abortion providers, making it somewhat difficult to get an abortion.
Now, the small island east of the Philippines is completely abortion-free, as the last abortion doctor has retired, Live Action News reported.
For the past two decades, there were only two doctors who would partake in abortions, and now both of them are retired. Dr. Edmund Griley was the first to retire, in 2016.This past May, Dr. William Freeman, the last abortion doctor on the island, retired.
When Dr. Griley retired in 2016, Dr. John Chiu took over the Guam Poly Clinic. Dr. Chiu is pro-life and does not commit abortions, leaving Dr. Freeman as the only abortion doctor on the island.
Dr. Freeman worked at the Women’s Clinic. When he announced his retirement, pro-life doctor Jeffrey Gabel took over the facility.
Dr. Gabel has since renamed the clinic “Dr. Gabel’s Clinic Obstetrics & Gynecology Para Famalao’an.”
All abortions ceased under the leadership of Dr. Gabel, as the physician has “always been against it,” he said.
Although abortion is still legal in Guam, it is now incredibly hard for a woman to get one. The United States territory has no legal restrictions on abortion if a woman is less than 13 weeks pregnant. The country allows a woman to get an abortion up through 26 weeks, however, when the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest, or the baby has a birth defect or disability.
Still, Dr. Freeman’s retirement signals an important shift for the pro-life community.
Many abortion doctors in the United States have reported that there is a negative attitude towards their line of work in the medical community. They complain that they “get no respect,” and are considered the “lowest of the low” on the medical totem poll.
It has also been found that students in medical school often choose to avoid the abortion training that is so widely given, and those that do follow through with the training are “shunned.”
“I think when students who are interested in abortion care and learning about it are shunned in their medical schools,” Sarp Aksel, the president of the board of Medical Students For Choice, told Live Action. “That’s a big problem.”
Women deserve real healthcare, not the kind that encourages them to kill their unborn. And after Dr. Freeman’s recent retirement, the women in Guam have a chance to receive just that.
(H/T: Live Action)