Incentivizing Death: Ethical concerns about abortionists receiving bonuses for abortions performed
In the latest video released, Dr. Curtis Boyd admits to paying doctors on staff ‘production bonuses’ if they ‘exceeded the work expected’ of them. Even worse, these bonuses are structured based on gestational age of the fetus. The abortionists receive bigger bonuses for fetuses that are older. Boyd explains it as such, “ as the gestation increases it takes longer to do the procedure. It's more difficult. It might be more -- much more time involved in some of them, so you've got more skill and experience required, more specialized. So, it seemed -- no -- no doctor's going to want to do a ten-week pregnancy for the same pay they would do a 24 week.”
The risk involved in procedures on older fetuses is also considered in the bonus structure. Boyd also admitted that "you're more likely to have a hospitalization" as risk to the patient increases with the increased gestational age of the fetus. In his own testimony, Boyd directly contradicts the prevailing argument that abortion is safer than pregnancy or birth.
Unfortunately, this isn't even the most egregious part of the story. Serious ethical concerns are raised by giving bonuses to these doctors who are performing the abortions. The first is that these same doctors are involved in the counseling process of pregnant women seeking abortions. This reveals a serious conflict of interest between doctor and patient. How can we be certain that they are putting the heath of the patient above an opportunity to make more money?
In Atkins v Curtis W Boyd MD PC et al this may be an argument to focus on. Abortion on Trial revealed a few weeks ago that Dr. Boyd has testified under oath in Texas that induction abortions should be done in hospitals due to how dangerous they are. Interestingly, Boyd's clinic in Albuquerque, NM performs them in an outpatient facility for the amount of $17,000.00.
Second, in New Mexico, pregnant women seeking abortions can use medicaid to pay for the procedure. An induction abortion (abortion after 24 weeks gestation) costs thousands of dollars. Boyd's facility, Southwestern Women's Options, receives $3000 to $4000 for every abortion he bills to medicaid. Obtained records show a significant portion of SWO's income is through NM medicaid. Should these abortionists be profiting off tax-payer dollars?
In the coming weeks, we will continue to unravel these ethical concerns in more detail.
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