Washington University in St. Louis is part of a nationwide association of colleges and universities training the next generation of abortionists. Washington University is one of twenty higher
education institutions across the country who are teaching doctors how to develop "new approaches to pregnancy termination in the United States and abroad."
The Missouri Family Policy Council revealed last month Washington University's participation in the Family Planning Fellowship program. The program trains physicians who are residents in obstetrics and gynecology to become "expert" in all methods of first and second trimester abortions, which it describes as "uterine evacuation procedures." The program operates in conjunction with Planned Parenthood of St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, where the abortions are performed.
Fellows receive tuition toward their master's degree, health insurance, and loan repayment assistance of up
to $20,000 a year. They are promised the opportunity to work with "respected and innovative leaders in the field," and "to connect to a rapidly expanding network of family planning experts."
Washington University implemented the program quietly in 2006 with the training of its first Family Planning Fellow. It is clear that Washington University intends to become a leading partner in the abortion training network. Washington University is reported to be actively recruiting new faculty members for its Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology who are Family Planning fellows.
The Family Planning Fellowship Program began in 1991 through the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California - San Francisco (UCSF). It has now spread to 19 other universities including Harvard Medical School and John Hopkins University. Other Midwestern universities
participating in the program in addition to Washington University are Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois-Chicago here in the Midwest. The program has trained over 150 physicians so far to become high-level abortionists.
The program was the brainchild of Dr. Philip Darney
, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and "reproductive sciences" at the University of California - San
Francisco, and the co-founder of the Bixby Center. He is the chief of obstetrics and gynecology at San Francisco General Hospital, and helped establish abortion services there. Darney has served on the Board or been a consultant to pro-abortion organizations such as the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and the Guttmacher Institute.
The pro-abortion advocacy group Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health recently presented Darney with its highest award. The "honor" was given during the spring at an annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
The National Abortion Rights Action League has also named Darney a "Champion for Choice."
The University of California - San Francisco is establishing a chair and endowment in Darney's name with the goal of raising millions of dollars to "support reproductive choice."
Dr. Alan Rosenfield, the dean of the Columbia University School of Public Health, recently had this to say about Darney: "The Family Planning Fellowship he developed is establishing a new and highly motivated
group of physicians devoted to women's reproductive health and rights." In other words, a group of activist doctors who will champion the respectability of legalized abortion in the medical community and the culture. And now Washington University has joined full force with this group of abortion cheerleaders.
The Family Planning Fellowship program is tied closely with the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program. The goal of the Kenneth J. Ryan Program is "to provide funding and technical expertise to help ob-gyn residency programs establish or expand hospital-based abortion services," such as those reportedly being developed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The Kenneth J. Ryan Program also "facilitates collaboration
with free-standing abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood."
The Family Planning Fellowship Program is also linked with the National Abortion Federation, the national organization of abortion clinic operators. The National Abortion Federation recommends the Family Planning Fellowship Program as the lead program in training abortionists for its abortion facilities.
We urge you to be praying fervently that Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital will abandon their involvement in this program dedicated to destroying the lives of preborn children. We are pleased to tell you that God is clearly working in this matter. Hearts are being touched, and consciences are being searched. You will see evidence of God's hand at work on this issue by the time you receive this newsletter.