The Latest Crazy Bill? The One In Arizona Where Doctors Don't Have to Tell Pregnant Women About Potential Birth Defects

March 8, 2012 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

If you thought it was bad that Wisconsin Senator Glenn Grothman was trying to push through a bill that accused single parents of child abuse and neglect, it gets worse. This time, in Arizona, though.

Unlike the bill in Wisconsin, which hasn’t yet been passed, this new crazy bill (dubbed the “wrongful birth” bill) in Arizona–which basically allows doctors to withhold information about potential birth defects to prevent abortions–has already passed. Yeah, if you’re pregnant in Arizona and your doctor is worried about you having an abortion, he/she could just not tell you about your baby might have Down syndrome. Awesome, right?

I’ve never considered myself one of those super liberal women who constantly rants about politicians sticking their nose in my uterus, but this is going too far. What if withholding this information threatens both the mother and child when delivery day arrives? Better two lives lost?

Someone’s got to look up the Patient’s Bill of Right because there has to be something in there about withholding this kind of critical information. If women can’t trust their own doctors to be honest with them, then who? Not only could this bill result in more delivery day emergencies, but it’s scary to think where women will turn if they don’t trust their doctor.

What do you think? Should doctors be able to withhold this information? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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