This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
The chief of a national organization for obstetricians and gynecologists is being compared to the "flat-earthers" for her claim that abortion is a "settled science" and will not be debated.
The opinion comes from Maureen Phillips, the president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, who refused an invitation to debate abortion, on whether it should be considered a good medical practice.
Phipps said the issue will not be debated.
"Rather," she claimed, "we will continue to affirm that the role of abortion in our patients' lives is settled science."
Dr. Christina Francis, the president of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which had issued the debate invitation, commented in a report in the Washington Examiner.
Francis said, in the report, that those who think "settled science" can apply to most issues in medicine "probably need to get out of medicine."
"Saying something is settled science hearkens back to people being so confident that the Earth was flat that they considered that settled science," Francis told the Examiner, "and the only way that we discovered that that wasn't the case was through someone questioning that narrative, questioning that status quo, and looking for better answers."
Francis also noted that the vast majority of OBGYNs do not provide abortion services.
The "settled science" opinion "also clearly ignores the vast majority of the medical evidence out there that shows that elective abortions do not improve the health outcomes of our patients, and in many cases, actively worsen the health outcomes. What ACOG is trying to do is make it appear that all OBGYNs feel this way when that's very clearly not the case," she said.
The ACOG does have on its website instructions for reporters on what language it allows on the abortion arguments, warning them against using "elective abortion" or "fetal heartbeat."