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By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Dec 08, 2003

Howard Dean is now a fulll-time politician, but he was once a full-time physiican. The leading Democratic presidential candidate served an internship with Planned Parenthood, but insists that he never actually performed an abortion.

"I did not perform abortions, I'm a medical doctor," Dean told the media.

That's a fascinating formulation, for two reasons:

  1. Proponents of abortion (and Dean is emphatically one of them) always tell us that it is a medical procedure. By their/his logic, there's no reason a "medical doctor" shouldn't do abortions.
  2. Dean professes his determination to ensure that women have the "right" to abort their children. So it's curious that he's so quick to distance himself from the people actually provide that service.
  3. Dean's revealing choice of words confirms a message that Mark Crutcher has been emphasizing for several years now: Real doctors don't like to be associated with abortionists. And that's a very good thing. Now, if we can only arrange things so that real politicians don't like to be associated with abortion proponents....

    Cybercast News Service has a good analysis of this issue.

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 09, 2003 12:49 PM ET USA

    I would guess, that since he has been in politics for the last 15 years, his internship at Planned Parenthood predates the arrival of RU-486 by a good number of years. Given how adamantly pro-choice Dean is, and given his willingness to play to the hard-core left, I don't think Dean would be afraid to admit to performing an abortion had he done so. I think the "medical doctor" comment is probably him condescending to the interviewer.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 09, 2003 12:29 PM ET USA

    With the advent of RU486, one doesn't need to be a surgeon in order to perform an abortion. So he's never handed out RU486, either?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 08, 2003 11:57 PM ET USA

    Not to defend Dean, but he may have been making a distinction between a medical doctor and a surgeon, the latter of which one would assume would be more likely to perform an abortion. As I understand it, a medical doctor is an internist--a specialty that would not involve performing abortions.

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