The following comes from an Oct. 7 posting on LifeSiteNews.

For thousands of years, doctors said they would “do no harm” in the Hippocratic Oath but starting October 13, the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) will launch the first online course to instruct medical students to cause harm to the most innocent of human beings — the unborn.

“‘Abortion: Quality care and public health implications’ is the first online course to disseminate high quality, compassionate abortion education around the world,” said UCSF in a public statement provided to LifeSiteNews. “This course seeks to engage learners around the world in a thoughtful, insightful and objective discussion on abortion education and best practices, thereby improving maternal health around the globe.”

According to the statement, “this free course will provide expert teaching on abortion from faculty at UCSF, the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, and Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health” for a period of six weeks. During that time, “faculty and learners will explore abortion from clinical, public health, and sociological perspectives.”

However, the course syllabus indicates the instruction will not solely focus on the medical field. In Week 1, students will learn about the “history of abortion and abortion stigma,” while in Week 3 “legislative and policy obstacles to abortion access” will be examined. Week 5 will exclusively focus on “overcoming obstacles to abortion care.”

According to Donna Harrison, M.D., executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “a major concern with this online abortion education is how this course will be used.”

“Non-physicians taking the course may learn the rhetoric of abortion,” said Harrison, “but they will not be trained in the surgical management of the complications which injure or kill women after abortions.” In 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that allowed non-physicians to conduct abortions….

To read the entire posting, click here.

The following is the course syllabus from the website.

WEEK 1: Introduction and Abortion around the World

  • Introduction to the public-health framework of this course
  • Who has abortions, why, and how do they access care
  • History of abortion and abortion stigma

WEEK 2: Patient-centered care for first-trimester abortion

  • Principles of pregnancy options counseling, abortion counseling, and informed consent
  • Abortion in the United States after legalization
  • Professional responsibilities around abortion care
  • Values clarification about abortion care
  • Conscientious provision and refusal in abortion care

WEEK 3: Patient-centered abortion care after the first trimester

  • Clinical aspects of medication abortion, aspiration abortion, post-abortion contraception, and pain management for abortion
  • Guidelines for safe abortion care and the principles of high-quality abortion care across settings
  • Legislative and policy obstacles to abortion access

WEEK 4: Obstacles to Accessing Safe Abortion in the US and Worldwide

  • Who has abortions after the first trimester and how do they access care
  • Clinical aspects of abortion after the first trimester
  • Role of patient preference in appropriate care
  • Complications and myths about abortion

WEEK 5: Overcoming Obstacles to Abortion Access

  • Sociology of abortion especially related to health and health-care disparities
  • Impact of obstacles on clinical care
  • Importance of abortion training for health professionals

WEEK 6: Early Pregnancy Loss and Course Conclusions

  • Patient-centered care for early pregnancy loss
  • Counseling and decision making for early pregnancy loss
  • Relationship between early pregnancy loss care and abortion care
  • Course conclusions