Arizona Wants To Protect Doctors Who Lie To Women

Arizona is following Kansas’ lead in trying to shield doctors for malpractice lawsuits that can arise when a doctor does inform pregnant women of prenatal problems that could lead to the decision to have an abortion. This malpractice shield is the latest in attacks on a woman’s right to access reliable, unbiased health care information and represents yet another effort by Republican legislators to interfere in doctor-patient relationship.

Republican state Sen. Nancy Barto introduced the proposal and is important to protect doctors from lawsuits that endorse the idea that if a child is born with a disability someone is to blame.

These kinds of “wrongful birth” lawsuits usually involve a doctor failing to share or properly communicate the results of prenatal screenings or risk factors to parents. Proponents of the law want to encourage doctors to fail to fully inform women of the risks associated with their pregnancies and any other information that would be relevant in a decision to terminate a pregnancy.

Like other efforts at tort reform, this law is a solution in search of a problem. But even worse, the law presumes that it is the state’s role to dictate what information a woman should have access to and what information she needs to be “protected” from in accessing routine health care services. It’s made all the more offensive by dressing the proposal up as some kind of concern over the value society places on the life of a disabled person.

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LMj Sunshine

Wow to article and comments.

LMj Sunshine

Wow to article and comments.

Patricia M.
Patricia M.3 years ago

Gina H. could not have come up with a better comment... You are so right... And how dare this Republican Barto turn against her own gender? This is wrong, and I believe someone will pay dearly because a defective child will be born that may have to be under medical care for life... And who will pay for the wrong, the taxpayers, after the parents of that defective child dies and the child is placed in an institution for life.

Shannon K.
Shannon K.3 years ago

I was misdiagnosed and given HEART SURGERY by mistake at BANNER DESERT HOSPITAL in Mesa, Arizona. I share my story in hopes that you will become aware of this epidemic of Medical Mistakes and Errors. This could have easily happened to you. Please share this movie with all your friends and family. Awareness and education could save a life. Share your comments or stories of medical mistakes.

Watch Shannon Koob story of Heart Surgery By Mistake on YOUTUBE

Shannon K.
Shannon K.3 years ago

Arizona's healthcare is in crisis! Erroneous information in my chart, communication breakdown and the Dr.s responsible were NOT disciplined! They might be caring for you now. Protect yourself!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvOzlT_S-X4

Deborah Gaffin
Deborah Gaffin3 years ago

What would be the point in having these tests done if no matter what the result, the doctor will tell you "ohhhh, um, well....y-e-s-s, uh, everything looks...um, fine..." A woman won't know if her pregnancy IS fine, or not. Complete idiocy.

Speaking of which- Steve R- I have asked you this before- what do you mean by "unregulated, unlimited, free-for-all abortions"?! "woo-hoo! I'm NOT pregnant, but gimme one anyway!" "Abortions? Yeah! They're so desirable, give me TWO!!" "I'm a MAN, but I want in on it, too!"
Well? In YOUR head, WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE?

Deborah Gaffin
Deborah Gaffin3 years ago

Gina-

I think it was a typo mistake, but you nearly made me fall off the couch laughing- "bible-humping"?! heehee!

Deborah Gaffin
Deborah Gaffin3 years ago

I Care F-

What do either of your comments have to do with this story?

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