A pro-life group gathered in Tamuning and Adelup to make their voices heard on the controversial topic of abortion.
In front of Dr. Shieh’s Clinic in Tamuning, the Rally for Life group held a rally to thank the doctor for helping them continue their mission to protect the unborn.
Catholic Pro-Life Committee member Michelle Armenta was at the rally, holding a sign with a social media post that Dr. Shieh, a local ob-gyn, shared a couple of weeks ago about the alternatives to abortion.
“There are plenty of families here on island who are looking to adopt and if you do have a child that you can’t take care of, for whatever reason it may be, he (Dr. Shieh) will take care of the prenatal care and the delivery at no charge and we can help get those babies live a life these parents aren’t able to provide,” Armenta said.
She added: “We’re just here to say thank you to Dr. Shieh for all of his support and we hope he continues to support the children who are in need.”
Armenta said she knows many doctors who are pro-life and wishes they would be vocal about their stance, just like Dr. Shieh is.
Though Guam is predominantly Catholic and abortion is still against church doctrine, many still passionately defend it.
Most recently, the ACLU filed a lawsuit, challenging two laws that are blocking abortion access on the island.
One is a requirement that medication abortions be “performed” in a clinic or a hospital, preventing physicians from using telemedicine to provide medication abortion.
The other requires island residents to travel nearly 4,000 miles each way to Hawai’i or even further to obtain the procedure.
Whether for or against this controversial practice, abortion is still legal on island.
PNC reached out to Dr. Shieh who is currently in Hawaii visiting his grandson. He issued this statement: “I understand the choice is with the mom whether to terminate her baby or not, for me, I don’t judge, but I like to suggest an alternative, which is adoption. We have patients who would love to adopt.”