California university offers online course for abortion practitioners


Catholic World News - October 09, 2014

The University of California at San Francisco is offering an online course of abortion, advertising it as the first of its kind.

The course promises to examine “clinical aspects of medication abortion, aspiration abortion, post-abortion contraception, and pain management for abortion,” and to help practitioners overcome the “abortion stigma.” Professor Jody Steinauer told the Daily Beast that if the course helps “to access to safe abortion and decrease stigma about abortion, then we have been totally successful.”

The six-week online course is open to all students, although it is theoretically designed for health-care workers. School administrators report that 3,000 people have enrolled.


To paraphrase Rick Santorum “Don’t give money to universities just because you like their football or basketball team”.


This is sad.

At least the Church has won though.


That description may be a little bit misleading. The six week course is not intended to teach doctors how to perform abortion. Instead, the course focuses on the public health aspects of providing abortion:

Here is the actual course description:

In this six-week course, over twenty faculty from various institutions and multiple disciplines will place abortion within the context of public health and fill in the gaps left by its exclusion from mainstream curricula in health professions. Each week’s lectures will incorporate the stories of women who seek abortion in order to better portray abortion significance and rationale. Other topics will include a brief history of abortion, the clinical aspects of medication and procedural abortions in and after the first trimester, an overview of patient-centered abortion-care, the basics of abortion counseling, the professional obligations of health care practitioners to ensure that women have access to safe abortion care, and the maze of restrictions that make safe abortion care inaccessible to many women.

A syllabus is at the link, if anyone wants to see the topics for each week of the course.


God help us.


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