Tuesday, December 18, 2007

No Fetus Can Beat Us

Wow. It is simply not possible to make this shit up.

The Dipshit Who Needs to Get a Job tossed up (kind of like vomiting, but without the annoying kaack-gaack sound) one of his classic wingnut posts, this time on the subject of abortion. Like all good wingnuts, The Dipshit has a fetus fetish:

If you utilize the services of an OBGYN who is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, you might want to consider changing physicians.

Hmmm, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)...now, who might they be?
Founded in 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, ACOG today has over 49,000 members and is the nation's leading group of professionals providing health care for women. Now based in Washington, DC, it is a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization.

ACOG works primarily in four areas:
- Serving as a strong advocate for quality health care for women.
- Maintaining the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education for its members.
- Promoting patient education and stimulating patient understanding of and involvement in medical care.
- Increasing awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women's health care.

Well now, if ACOG claims 49,000 members, there's just got to be plenty more obstetricians and gynecologists (Ob/Gyn) out there who don't belong, right?
According to the American Medical Association Masterfile, the most complete source of information about the supply of physicians, there were 31,364 obstetrician-gynecologists in the United States in 1986. The supply of obstetrician-gynecologists is growing, and the future is likely to bring increasing competition for patients. Projections indicate that the population of obstetrician-gynecologists will grow to a total of 40,000 to 44,600 by the year 2000.
source

Hmmm, it seems that pretty much every practicing Ob/Gyn must be an ACOG member. But that citation includes 20-year old data. Maybe there's some more recent data out there about the number of Ob/Gyns...
Physicians and surgeons held about 567,000 jobs in 2004...Table 1....Percent distribution of physicians by specialty, 2003... Obstetrics & gynecology...5.3%
source

OK, let's do the math... 567,000 physicians and surgeons times 5.3 percent....carry the two...equals 30,051 Ob/Gyns back in 2003-04.

Well, that's kind of weird. Depending on how I look at it, there are anywhere from 30,000+ to 44,600+ to 49,000+ Ob/Gyn practitioners out there, and it seems likely that a substantial majority (like, maybe, just about all) of them are ACOG members.

And even if my numbers are off by a factor of eleventy-gazillion, it's still a safe bet that there are a fuck of a lot more Ob/Gyns who are ACOG members than aren't.

Which makes sense, since any self-respecting clinician who's gonna hang out a shingle to treat women and their reproductive health is also gonna make sure that he or she has a way to stay current with developments in the field, keep in touch with colleagues, get the latest scoop on upcoming conferences, etc.

So, to get back to the Dipshit...this man, who isn't likely to ever get pregnant, seems to be telling women that maybe they should get their healthcare from - who, exactly?
Clearly, ACOG is advocating abortion; therefore, you might want to find out where your ACOG card-holding physician stands on the issue of abortion and the rights of the unborn. After all, if your physician doesn’t value the life of an unborn child, he might not place much value on your life either.
Get a job, fuckwit, and leave matters of female reproductive health to women and their qualified physicians.

But here's a suggestion for you - my friend Vinnie says he'll do your next prostate exam. He's not a qualified internist, but he runs a garage with four (4!) bays that are full all day long, and he'll even throw in a lube job while he's at it. He also says he'll take a look at your car.

Stupid wingnut fucktard.

Thanks to HTML Mencken @ Sadly,No! for teh cool graphic.

2 comments:

billy pilgrim said...

Plus, Vinnie will use the CLEAN socket wrench to open you up.

Cuz he wants a GOOD look.

Re: the numbers of ACOG. I'd guess that members of related disciplines are also members; for the reasons you noted.

As you said, wotta dipshit. The essence of wingnuttery: take your advice from somebody who has the LEAST idea of what he's talking about.

les said...

Hey, bp, you're not trying to say that wingnut assertion is inferior to educated, expert opinion, are ya? Sounds fascist to me. If ya know what I mean. And I think ya do.