Abraham: Edwards’ Abortion Oversight is Endangering Louisianians

Abraham: Edwards’ Abortion Oversight is Endangering Louisianians

February, 20 2019

Republican Ralph Abraham is demanding accountability from Gov. John Bel Edwards after news surfaced that his Department of Health and Hospitals is awarding medical licenses to disgraced doctors for the purposes of providing abortions.

Louisiana Right to Life highlighted in a letter today that the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) issued a “wound care” license to Kevin Work, who has used the license to perform abortions. The board, which falls under Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital purview, awarded the license despite Work’s admission that he was unable to satisfy requirements to become an OBGYN.

“John Bel Edwards loves to talk about how he’s pro-life, but nothing within his administration shows that’s the case. As a doctor, I’m appalled by what he’s allowing to happen within his administration; though, we shouldn’t be surprised. After all, he did hire a Planned Parenthood organizer as his health secretary and attended a $100,000 fundraiser thrown in his honor by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat who supports infanticide legislation.

“Actions speak louder than words. If Gov. Edwards is truly pro-life, then he should take swift action by firing Gee and replacing her with a secretary who understands that no baby or mother should ever be subjected to the alleged heinous actions of Kevin Work,” Abraham said.

Abraham is a medical doctor and has practiced family medicine for more than 25 years. He is unabashedly pro-life and has received perfect ratings from pro-life organizations during his time in Congress.

Abraham also supports a Louisiana law that requires abortion clinic workers hold hospital admitting privileges in order to operate. Sec. Gee failed to successfully defend this law in court and ultimately turned the case over to Attorney General Jeff Landry to handle on appeal. The Supreme Court of the United States is considering the appeal.

Background:

Louisiana Right to Life submitted a letter to the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners highlighting the long and disturbing history of Kevin Work, who is performing abortions in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Work admitted to the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) that he was unable to successfully pass the Board Certification Examination in Obstetrics and Gynecology. However, the LSBME awarded him a license anyway under the stated field of “wound care.”

After receiving his “wound care” license, he has been performing abortions at the Delta Women’s Clinic in Baton Rouge and Women’s Health Center in New Orleans.

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