Perhaps the most destructive philosophy in America today is critical race theory, built on the supposition of inherent racism in the nation that has facilitated the most diverse sociopolitical and economic opportunities for minorities in human history.
Among the latest to embrace this philosophy is the American Medical Association. On May 11, the AMA released a white paper entitled “Organizational Strategic Plan to Embed Racial Justice and Advance Health Equity.” The plan aims to “prioritize and integrate the voices and ideas” of racial minorities, women, LGBT people, etc., through steps like “mandatory anti-racism, structural competency, and equity-explicit training,” “ensuring just representation of [minorities] in medical school admissions as well as medical school and hospital leadership ranks,” and “acknowledging and repairing past harms committed by institutions.”
The document should concern anyone who took the Hippocratic Oath or the Oath of Maimonides, hoping to serve patients without factoring in their skin color or ethnicity. This “Strategic Plan” is also only the latest in a long series of disappointments from the AMA.
The AMA’s Many Left Turns
The AMA initially existed to improve the nation’s quality of care and of the physicians who provided it. In the 1950s, it helped defeat a government-run socialized health-care insurance scheme. In 1965, the AMA also opposed Medicare, correctly foreseeing the government behemoth would eventually control physician earnings and the practice of medicine.
But the AMA changed after the passage of Medicare, cozying up to government in a slow erosion of allegiance to its members. Predictably, the AMA became more dependent on government-generated income, while its negotiating abilities against government interference weakened.
The AMA’s position worsened when it openly endorsed elective abortions as a contraceptive procedure. Before the 1960s, the AMA strongly opposed abortion on demand.
In 1969, a resolution from its left flank calling for the repeal of state laws against abortion was vehemently opposed by its House of Delegates and described as “extreme.” Just six months later, however, the AMA caved to political pressure and reversed its position. Despite the classical Hippocratic Oath’s condemnation of abortion, the AMA now allowed its physicians to kill the
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