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MUSC responds to anti-abortion protest Tuesday

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CHARLESTON, SC - Protesters gathered downtown Tuesday, accusing the Medical University of South Carolina of participating in taxpayer funded abortions. Although MUSC said that's nothing near the truth.

"We're training the next generation of abortionists here at MUSC!" shouted Senator Larry Grooms.

Grooms and Senator Lee Bright were among the outspoken speakers.

"Now I don't know all the details of what's going on here," Bright admitted before accusing the hospital of ignoring his direct request for answers, "When I pick up the phone and ask for a return phone call from MUSC and they don't return my calls that makes me think that maybe there's something going on."

However, MUSC told News 2 the only thing going on are typical residency training practices.

"The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical University of South Carolina strives to provide compassionate, comprehensive, and medically sound services to women and families of South Carolina and to provide robust education to our physicians in training," Spokeswoman Heather Woolwine issued in a statement.

"They say it's not direct funds, but it is because if that clinic doesn't have doctors then they don't kill babies, but they're providing doctors and students," Dr. Bobby Eubanks said in response to MUSC. "My question is, there's such things as botched abortions where someone can bleed to death or be injured. In that case, who's going to be sued, the hospital with my tax dollars?"

MUSC said that's not going to happen, taxpayer dollars would not fund an abortion directly or indirectly because doctors are paid by the private clinic and those doctors carry malpractice insurance in case of medical error.

Therefore the rally was mainly focused on political and ethical debates than any legal wrongdoing.

"If you're going to come to us and you want a vote you better be pro-life and then when we turn to you, you better support us because if you're not you're going to lose a lot of votes. So, may that serve a message to Nikki Haley and her administration and others in this state," Eubanks said.

Those threats don't frighten MUSC who stands strong by their choice to train medical professionals, "Physicians who practice obstetrics and gynecology may encounter a conflict of conscience in reproductive medicine, and we have an ethical and legal obligation to provide women with safe and timely family planning options. As educators, we are compelled by ethics and regulations to help young physicians in training as they struggle with this balance in determining how they choose to practice once they have completed their training."

MUSC confirmed to News 2 that most residents do participate in the training for a "comprehensive residency experience." Adding that removing that training from medical curriculum would be an issue best contested at the national level.


 

 

 
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