Posted by: adventlife | August 5, 2015

From Healing to Killing: The American Moral Detour, by Nic Samojluk

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Forty-three years ago, nine unelected Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court decided that killing innocent unborn children would be an integral component of healthcare. Prior to that time the “Hippocratic Oath”, that prohibited the practice of abortion, was respected by American physicians. Now, thanks to the work of “Planned Parenthood,” unborn babies are routinely killed without anesthesia and the parts of their dismembered bodies are sold to the highest bidder to be used for research or transplantation. [1]

The Thrashing of the Hippocratic Oath

For over two thousand years, the “Do No Harm” principle derived from the “Hippocratic Oath” was held in high esteem by the medical profession; nevertheless, a decade following the Sexual Revolution of the sixties, this high moral principle was relegated to the thrash bin of history, and what up to 1973 had been regarded as sacred was abandoned for the sake of pleasure and lifestyle. This is regrettable, because what takes place in the U.S. eventually is mimicked by the rest of the world, but our Adventist participation in this morally repugnant moral detour is even more painful.

Loma Linda University Abandons the Hippocratic Oath
Most Adventists are not aware that “Loma Linda University” replaced the abortion prohibition contained in the “Hippocratic Oath” with the following statement: “I will respect the rights and decision of my patients.” [2]

The replacement of the “Hippocratic Oath” with the “LLU Physicians Oath” allowed our
LLU medical facility and eleven other Adventist hospitals to participate in the offering of abortion services to their patients. Here is the list of said medical facilities:

“Castle Medical Center, Hadley Memorial Hospital, Hanford Community Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Porter Memorial Hospital, Port land Adventist Medical Center, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Sierra Vista Hospital, Walla Walla General Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, and White Memorial Medical Center.” [3]

Isn’t This Rather Old News?

Some of my friends often ask me: “Isn’t all this rather old news?” Of course it is old news, but the sad fact is that the church document known as “Guidelines on Abortion” [4] created in order to facilitate the destruction of human life in our Adventist owned medical institutions is still on the books and respected by our hospitals and clinics.

A Deceptive Adventist Document

We Adventists have what seems to be a rather deceptive document known as “Guidelines on Abortion.” Neither Catholics nor Southern Baptists have such a document. Why? They do not kill innocent unborn babies. We Adventists crafted said rules because we decided to compromise with evil. We thought we could please God and the Devil at the same time.

Said guidelines pretend to be on the side of life, but justify the murder of innocent unborn children under a variety or circumstances including when an unwanted pregnancy affects the mental health of the woman. Well, this opened the door wide to abortions on demand, because when a woman is faced with an unwanted pregnancy, she will suffer a temporary mental depression, and another innocent human being becomes the victim of murder.

Some time ago I wrote to the General Conference asking why is it that our leaders allowed some of our Adventist hospitals to profit from the killing of innocent unborn children. The response I received was: Read our “Guidelines on Abortion.” Several pro-life Adventists I know did receive a similar answer to their query.

How is it that when someone asks us for the reason we worship God on the Seventh Day, our customary answer is “Read Exodus 20,” but when people ask about abortion, we tell them to read the guidelines we crafted in a direct violation of what the Lord has ordained? Should we not be consistent in our answer and say instead: “Read Exodus 20”?

AHS Follows SDA Guidelines

Here is evidence that some—perhaps most—of our Adventist hospitals follow the abortion guidelines approved by the Autumn Council of the General Conference. I contacted the “Adventist Health System” representative regarding their policy dealing with abortions, and here is the official response I received from its corporate representative:

“Hi Nic,
Regarding your request for our policy/practice regarding termination of pregnancy:
Adventist Health System is dedicated to the preservation of life and the welfare of every human being that is cared for in our hospitals. When a situation requires the termination of pregnancy be considered, we follow the guidelines set forth by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Melanie”

Walla Walla General Hospital Abortion Policy

Some Adventist hospitals have developed their of version of these guidelines detailing the protocol followed every time an abortion procedure is requested. I copied the following introductory statement from the Walla Walla General Hospital document on abortion.

“To outline WWGH’s philosophy and guiding principles on abortion, and the process that is
followed when a request is received for intentional termination of pregnancy.” [5]

If you experience any difficulty accessing the document, let me know and I can send you the same by email.

References

[1] http://wm44.inbox.com/NewUI/index.aspx?_cu=kyRIpbkdCcQgYPxDo8vVzCMySZRY8ygALOoFfnxC-2XdUT07RLD_7iMAsfEk5X9a3k47d1pkKisk@#/MAIL/label/F-1/msg/37844

[2] http://www.susqneuro.com/publications/oaths/index.html#The%20Loma%20Linda%20University%20Physician%27s%20Oath; https://adventlife.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/has-loma-linda-university-altered-the-hippocratic-oath-by-nic-samojluk/

[3] http://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1991/August/abortion-history-of-adventist-guidelines

[4] http://www.adventist.org/information/official-statements/guidelines/article/go/0/abortion/6/

[5] https://www.lucidoc.com/cgi/doc-gw.pl?ref=ahwwgh:10830/frame/BINBODY/10830_Abortion.doc

[5]  http://From Healing to Killing: The American Moral Detour, by Nic Samojluk

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