Anyone who is professionally committed to overturning a safe, constitutionally protected medical procedure does not belong on the State Medical Board. Mike Gonidakis must resign from the board.
Despite being the president of Ohio Right to Life, Mr. Gonidakis was appointed to one of two “consumer” seats on the Medical Board. Mr. Gonidakis has demonstrated that he does not represent all – or even a majority – of Ohio consumers. Instead, he primarily represents the narrow interests of Ohio Right to Life, which is dedicated to “helping to eliminate such immoral practices as abortion.” History shows that a ban on legal abortions will lead to an increase in illegal abortions and have a profound and devastating effect on women’s health.
Groups representing doctors, consumers and women asked the Ohio State Medical Board to force the resignation of Mr. Gonidakis. They made the decision to speak out following comments from Mr. Gonidakis criticizing U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Barrett, who blocked the defunding of Planned Parenthood. It is inappropriate and unseemly in the extreme for a member of the State Medical Board to castigate a federal judge in such personal terms, let alone publicly call for his resignation from the bench.
His views are at odds with those of the American Medical Association, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the constitutional rights of all Americans. Clearly, a State Medical Board member’s personal views on abortion should have no bearing on potential disciplinary actions against Ohio abortion providers.
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