Doc-Bloggers Speak Out About Laws Threatening Women’s Rights, Ethical Medical Practice

Written by Margaret Polaneczky, MD, FACOG

In an earlier post, I spoke out against new laws that, in their zeal to limit the practice of abortion, actually threaten the practice of medicine, as well as the rights of physicians to free speech. Not to mention the fact that the laws mandate both the physical and emotional abuse of women who choose to have a completely legal medical procedure.

I’ve spoken out against new laws that, in their zeal to limit the practice, of abortion, actually threaten the practice of medicine, as well as the, rights of physicians to free speech. Not to mention the fact that the, laws mandate both the physical and emotional abuse of women who choose, to have a completely legal medical procedure.

In this post, I want to highlight my fellow medical bloggers who have also spoken out on this issue.  If I’ve missed your post, email me and I will add it. If you haven’t written your post yet, consider this a challenge to do so. Let’s make our voices heard

  • Jen Guntner calls the new laws legalized malpractice and wonders how the Supreme Court could refuse to hear the case challenging Pennsylvania’s law that protects doctors who deliberately hide genetic test results from their patients.
  • Robert Ludeke, MD speaks out against the Texas ultrasound law.
  • Eijean Wu, MD reminds us of the women who are affected by these laws.
  • Elaine Schattner, MD tells us that women’s rights are being threatened on three fronts “ birth control, access to safe abortion and to care without intimidation or emotional abuse”. She also wonders why more doctors are not speaking out.
  • Skeptical OB sees the backlash against birth control as un-American.
  • PalMD tells us we cannot afford to remain apart on this issue.
  • Labor and Deliverance does not really want to get political, but tells us that we should not sacrifice women or mothers for the sake of controlling their options.
  • Judy Stone, MD has a wonderful article in Scientific American about the use of so-called “Conscience”ť clauses that are anything but.
  • OB Cookie, an O-Gyn resident who also loves baking ( a girl after my own heart) writes eloquently on the collateral damage to women she cares for in Texas as Rick Perry wages war with Planned Parenthood.
  • One of the best posts (and apparently, one with an enormous amount of traffic) is unfortunately anonymous. It’s a recipe for organized civil disobedience, all in the doctor’s office and all in accordance with our duty to protect patient autonomy. Sharon Phillips, MD discusses the relative wisdom of such an approach.

Margaret Polaneczky is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist and Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City.  She blogs at The Blog that Ate Manhattan, where this post first appeared.

 

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22 comments

Luvenia V.
Luvenia V.4 years ago

I would ask but I have NO insurance so I have no doctor. Everyone that has a doctor should ask.

John Doucette
John Doucette4 years ago

"Labor and Deliverance does not really want to get political, but tells us that we should not sacrifice women or mothers for the sake of controlling their options."

Unfortunately, or not, politicians have given doctors no choice but to get political when politicians are telling them how they must conduct their interactions with their patients, to the point of excusing them from legal action for lying to and/or withholding information from their patients.

Carl Oerke
Carl O.4 years ago

If Republicans are so anti-reguation, pro-liberty and pro small government why are they setting up offices in women's vaginas. The Republicans are waging war on women's health issues and it is good to see that some of the country's physicians are fighting them on it. Nice job Doctors. Keep up the good work.

James Maynard
James Maynard4 years ago

Doctors have a very powerful lobby of their own
called the AMA. How about having the AMA
bring a class action suit of some kind against
all these legislatures who insist on practicing
medicine without a license?

Just sayin............

Rosemary G.
Rosemary G.4 years ago

Doctors have taken the Hippocrates oath to care for their patient's health and should be held to that oath. Any doctor forcing an invasive procedure should be considered as a "Rapist" and suffer the consequences.

Marianne C.
Marianne C.4 years ago

Why would ANY doctor who care about his patients and their well-being want them to be forced to undergo unnecessary and intrusive medical tests?

Ellyn L.
Ellen L.4 years ago

More doctors need to speak out against these mysogonistic legal attempts to subvert women and make men in charge of their reproductive rights.

Joy Dantine
Joy Dantine4 years ago

As should be well-known by now, the "pill" did not present itself as birth control; focus on birth control v the pill should be somewhat educational v confrontational. My pains of yesteryear went by the wayside when introduced to the "pill". Side effects were minimal and well documented since the pills inception. I did not immediately go out and get pregnant - let alone, have sex. I WAS HOWEVER, RAPED BY FOUR MALES. EDUCATION IS KEY TO MINIMIZE ALL RISKS INVOLVED. CONSULT WITH YOUR "INFORMED" MEDICAL PROVIDER(S) TO BEST REACH A CARE PLAN - FOR YOU AND THOSE ALL AROUND YOU - FOR IT IS NOT "ALL ABOUT" YOU. Shoud rape or trespass the "individual" vagina be an issue - become guarded with information. I consider anyone who continues to dismiss the results of promiscuous behavior, whether professional or not, female or not, legal or not, is subject to denial of education - and "childish" thoughts of "adult" behaviors - to, again, include education. In line with today's "transvaginal" debate this gross/subject/matter is the result of preemptive logic gone astray.

kelly rahach
kelly r.4 years ago

A high profile intelligent women dynamic is a great fix for the small-mindedness that has become the republican party.

Great job docs. Many thanks.

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton4 years ago

One way or another this government will pay for their choice for hospital bills, for care for an infant. we will be just like Russia.