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Ep. 91 On Abortion

Niran Al-Agba, MD

This past May, the governor of Alabama signed into law a piece of legislation that imposes great restrictions on abortion. Niran Al Agba recently wrote an op ed about that law and she returns to the show to discuss that op ed and, more generally, to share with us her position on abortion. We are very grateful for her willingness and ability to carry this conversation with utmost civility.

Dr. Al-Agba is a board-certified pediatrician who is also a prolific writer. She speaks widely and openly on a variety of issues, including policy, ethics, and medical practice. She is a regular contributor to the Kitsap Sun, to The Deductible blog, and to a variety of other outlets, including her own blog, MommyDoc. She is a mother of four children who’s been voted best doctor in Kitsap County on multiple occasions. She also serves on the clinical staff and admissions committee at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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LINKS:

Niran Al-Agba. “Alabama’s Law Is Not Pro-Life. Here’s Why.” (Kitsap Sun)

Niran Al-Agba’s columns for Kitsap Sun

Niran Al-Agba’s personal blog

Niran Al-Agba’s page on The Deductible

UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health: Abortion page

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Ep. 74 Can We Have a Reasonable Discussion About Vaccines? (with guest Niran Al-Agba)

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1 Comment

  1. Anthony Perry, MD on 10/12/2019 at 2:42 AM

    Here’s the crux of the matter. A woman’s uterus is part of her body, but the contents when she is pregnant is not her body. It has different DNA. Thus society has an interest just as much as it does in those who do harm to others in a different way. Yet we often treat abortion as a casual matter, as just another medical procedure.
    The overwhelming number of abortions are done for matters of convenience and not done for rape or incest or to save the mother’s life. In some cases the inconvenience is great but very often it is not, and other options could be considered and promoted by our society to address such problems. Especially considering our modern preoccupation with justice, our attitude toward abortion is a moral enigma. To quote Abe Lincoln in another context, “I tremble for my country when I remember that God is just!”
    Whatever happened to safe, legal and rare?

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