Labor Pains

The new "ethics guidelines" written by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists instruct its members that they needn't perform any procedure that they take moral issue with. In other words: abortions, prescribing the morning-after pill or even regular ol' birth control pills — they don't have to do these things. The problem (okay, the other problem) is that though the ethics guidelines state that in this situation, a doctor should refer his patient to a physician who will perform such procedures, it is unclear whether a doctor has to make this referral. Says Joseph DeCook, an ob/gyn and the vice-president of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, "I'm not going to refer someone to a hit man to put to death someone that's inconvenient in their life." Charming! [NPR]