Kansas lawmakers have six days to decide if it’s okay for doctors to lie to women who may consider abortion if they knew the truth.
Yeah, roll that around and digest it for a minute, I know I had to. The proposed changes would prevent women from suing doctors for malpractice if they withhold information that they feel might make the woman consider abortion as a viable procedure. A woman would have no rights to claim malpractice if her doctor didn’t mention birth defects that the doctor feels may cause her to consider abortion. A woman would have no say in court if she suffered damage to her body from a condition her doctor neglected to mention because in their opinion it might cause her to consider abortion.
The bill includes several other cheap shots and punitive measures aimed at women considering abortion, including hearing the heartbeat and removing tax deductions for “abortion related” health insurance coverage. Those are another topic for another post, a rant about how laws can punish people for taking advantage of a protected medical procedure. My main concern here is the idea that it could ever be right to hold back the truth between doctor and patient.
In a constant erosion of women’s rights, the GOP is now trying to intrude on the relationship between a patient and her doctor. They’ve resorted to telling outright lies, as well.
Huffington Post lists states that have made it mandatory to tell women that having an abortion will increase her risk of breast cancer. These idiots insist on that even though the American Cancer Society has said there is no link whatsoever. Here is what they have to say about it, I can’t imagine them being any more clear or precise about the findings:
What do the experts say?
In February 2003, the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) held a workshop of more than 100 of the world’s leading experts who study pregnancy and breast cancer risk. The experts reviewed human and animal studies that looked at the link between pregnancy and breast cancer risk, including studies of induced and spontaneous abortions. Some of their findings were:
Breast cancer risk is increased for a short time after a full-term pregnancy (that is, a pregnancy that results in the birth of a living child). Induced abortion is not linked to an increase in breast cancer risk. Spontaneous abortion is not linked to an increase in breast cancer risk. The level of scientific evidence for these findings was considered to be “well established” (the highest level).
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Gynecologic Practice also reviewed the available evidence in 2003 and again in 2009. ACOG published its most recent findings in June 2009. At that time, the Committee said, “Early studies of the relationship between prior induced abortion and breast cancer risk were methodologically flawed. More rigorous recent studies demonstrate no causal relationship between induced abortion and a subsequent increase in breast cancer risk.”
But they don’t care. It’s their right to tell us how to live. So much so that we are to be denied access to our medical rights. If they have their way, we won’t even have access to facts, because those pesky things just get in the way of their control. Only men would have the right to demand full medical disclosure. Women would be at the mercy of what their doctors think they should know.
Cross-posted at Zandar Versus The Stupid.