Arizona Senate Passes Bill Allowing Doctors To Not Inform Women Of Prenatal Issues To Prevent Abortions

Author: March 7, 2012 10:10 pm

It’s called a “wrongful birth” bill and it’s all about preventing women from having an abortion, even if it kills them. The Arizona Senate passed a bill this week that gives doctors a free pass to not inform pregnant women of prenatal problems because such information could lead to an abortion.

In other words, doctors can intentionally keep critical health information from pregnant women and can’t be sued for it. According to the Arizona Capitol Times, “the bill’s sponsor is Republican Nancy Barto of Phoenix. She says allowing the medical malpractice lawsuits endorses the idea that if a child is born with a disability, someone is to blame.” So Republicans are banning lawsuits against doctors who keep information from pregnant women so as to prevent them from choosing to have an abortion.


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This bill is actually more disturbing than the Republicans seem to realize. Giving doctors such a free pass risks the lives of both the expectant mother and the fetus she carries. Prenatal care isn’t just for discovering birth defects and disabilities. It is also for discovering life threatening issues such as an ectopic pregnancy which often requires an abortion to save the life of the mother. With rare exceptions, ectopic pregnancies are not viable anyway, but Republicans are allowing anti-abortion doctors to keep life threatening information from pregnant women all because they are obsessed with stopping any and all abortions. Women may not know they have a life threatening condition until they die on the emergency room table. And the doctor couldn’t be sued.

This is an egregious bill that will lead to higher mortality rates for infants and mothers. Doctors should be held accountable for not disclosing information learned from prenatal examinations. Pregnant women have the right to know if their future child is going to have a disability or if the pregnancy may require an induced abortion to save their lives. Any decision that is made as a result of the information is the mothers own. Doctors should not be allowed to make decisions for pregnant women as a way to prevent abortions. Women have the right to make their own health decisions and hiding critical information is irresponsible, unconscionable, and risks lives. In the end, Republicans are only putting more lives in jeopardy. They might as well call this the ‘let women die’ bill.

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  • speech therapy student

    “the bill’s sponsor is Republican Nancy Barto of Phoenix. She says allowing the medical malpractice lawsuits endorses the idea that if a child is born with a disability, someone is to blame.”

    Um, if a woman dies of an ectopic pregnancy because her doctor did not tell her what was happening, someone is to blame.

    Also, I know a lot of parents of children with disabilities, and this is NOT how they feel about their children. They say they feel grateful to have the child that they have, because it has taught them all sorts of things about compassion and love and what’s really important in life.

  • I am sincerely simply sick to death of these IMBECILES attempting to WRECK America in every possible way – GET RID of REPIGGERY – they are National Terrorists in Every Way~

  • I am SO weary of this state. It’s especially dispiriting that women choose to participate in this nonsense. I continue to weigh in against the men, who are an old, tired story (see “Conservative Men: Choosing to be Irrelevant” at http://thepoliticali.blogspot.com/2012/03/conservative-men-choosing-to-be.html) but the women are like aliens from outer space. Who took their brains?

    On another (but similar) note, if you’re in the Phoenix area, check my Facebook page for times I’ll be on ASU’s campus with a petition to run a candidate for sheriff against our most infamous flatulence-prone mouth, Joe Arpaio.

  • The opposition has done it’s homework once again…Look at the methods employed.

    First it was the LGBT issue, a non-issue if I ever saw one, when compared to the state of our union. Then the abortion issue, a tried but true oldie. Women’s health, sex education, now this. Mix in the other, more important stuff, but keep it to the back ground, low key.

    The stuff about jobs, equal rights, corporate buying of legislation, let’s quietly allow discussion about military build up, about the potential to ‘raid’ other countries, about our elderly. Let’s blame one side for attempting to impose death panels while stripping health care for the critically ill.

    One by one rights are being stripped away, often behind closed doors…and one by one our attention is being pulled in 100 directions, making our chances of a concentrated counter movement less and less.

    It’s the same old dance with a couple of new steps added.

  • So the hypocratic oath means nothing?

    • I take it back: This is the most retarded thing in the world this month {Time to use your 2nd Amendment Remedies Arizona} when your wife or child are injure or killed from a doctor following this law! Or perhaps, sue the state and Governor of Arizona The GOP says it’s your RIGHT!

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