Dr. Byron Craig Calhoun is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and a vice chair at West Virginia University’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He practices medicine at Women and Children’s Hospital in Charleston.
Dr. Calhoun received his BS in biosciences from the United States Air Force Academy in 1979, his MD from University of Iowa Medical School in 1983, and his MBA from Regis University in 2004. He completed an OB-GYN residency at University of Missouri-Columbia in 1987 and a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University in 1989. He became Board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in general obstetrics and gynecology in 1990 and received a sub-specialty certification in maternal-fetal medicine in 1991.
During the debate over West Virginia’s 20-week abortion ban (a bill that has since been vetoed by the governor), a letter Calhoun drafted—peddling unfounded claims that fetuses feel pain at 20 weeks because they react “when they feel the needle” during an amniocentesis—was read aloud by an anti-choice advocate during a hearing.
In addition, Dr. Calhoun wrote a letter to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in June 2013, claiming that women were being admitted to the Charleston Area Medical Center with abortion-related complications on a “weekly” basis. Earlier this year, RH Reality Check reported that S. Andrew Weber, the vice president and administrator of the hospital where Calhoun works, contradicted Calhoun’s claims. After studying records, Weber found, at most, five documented complications from abortion in 2012—a far cry from the number that Calhoun claimed to have seen. Calhoun, despite multiple requests from RH Reality Check, never provided evidence to support his claims.
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