Kathryn Lopez

It's not just the humanity of the fetus that Bruchalski is concerned about. There is also, he says, the humanity of the doctor and the woman. "We need to understand the individual women's narrative." He repeats twice his motto: "Health is based on the relationships found in community." And he's not shy in telling the students gathered that the primary relationship -- not only on a personal level but for society, as well -- is between a mom and her unborn baby. So at Tepeyac, they do not operate as if "children are sexually transmitted diseases."

"I wanted to practice excellent medicine. The way you do that is you offer real options to women other than abortion. You walk them through," he says.

"This conscience issue is real crucial. It affects all of us," he tells the students. To pro-lifers, he will say even more explicitly: If you are pro-life, you don't have to hang your conscience at the door.

And if you consider yourself pro-choice: Why don't we talk openly about the inconsistencies and silences we tolerate on certain women's health topics in the name of political expediency? How can doctors tolerate the politicization of medicine?

Dr. B wants to "change the dynamic of the debate" about abortion in America, specifically amongst the next generation of doctors. Medicine, he says, "is an act of mercy" -- on each patient, even the ones whose little arms and legs are just beginning to form. Bruchalski is one doctor who wants to see the next generation take back medicine from the politicians.


Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.