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Indiana Plans To Lie To Women Seeking Abortions

Indiana Plans To Lie To Women Seeking Abortions

When it comes to abortion, legislators seem to believe it is the one medical procedure where their personal opinion matters more than the decisions that a woman and her doctor think is best for her situation. 

Now, in Indiana, politicians believe they should get to legislate to have doctors lie to women, too.

Via Huffington Post:

[O]ne of the most controversial portions of the [Indian abortion] bill is the part that would require doctors to inform women about the risks of abortion, including “the possibility of increased risk of breast cancer following an induced abortion and the natural protective effect of a completed pregnancy in avoiding breast cancer.”

Indiana wouldn’t be the first state to promote this theory. According to the Guttmacher Institute, five states — Alaska, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia — currently include mentions of a link between abortion and breast cancer in written counseling materials.

In 1999, Nevada Republican Sharron Angle — who was then in the state Assembly and recently lost the U.S. Senate race against Harry Reid — proposed a similar measure requiring doctors to make the abortion-breast cancer link.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) and other major health organizations, however, have rejected this theory. In February 2003, the U.S. National Cancer Institute brought together “more than 100 of the world’s leading experts who study pregnancy and breast cancer risk.” They found that neither induced nor spontaneous abortions lead to an increase in breast cancer risk. In fact, the risk is actually increased for a short period after a woman carries a pregnancy to full term (i.e., gives birth to a child). According to ACS, these findings were considered “well established,” which is the highest level for scientific evidence.

In June 2009, the highly respected American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Gynecologic Practice wrote, “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.”

Minnesota also has the erroneous “abortion may cause breast cancer” claim in their list of information that a woman is forced to read before her abortion, passed in the “Women’s Right to Know Act.”  Although the information has been amended to read that they no longer believe that the studies are true, the section still begins by stating “Findings from earlier studies suggested there was an increased risk of breast cancer among women who had an abortion,” and that
“Women who have a strong family history of cancer or who have clinical findings of breast disease should seek medical advice from a physician regardless of their decision to become pregnant or have an abortion.”

Legislators are passing laws commanding doctors to lie to their patients.  If this were for any medical reason besides abortion, people would be pushing to have them removed from office.  But since it’s simply a woman’s right to decide when to have a child at stake, everyone lets it pass.

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2:31PM PDT on Mar 16, 2011

Lika S. your first post totally hit the nail on the head, they can't get their way by telling the truth, so they decided to lie. Gees guys , what else have we come to expect from our dear conservative friends.

1:51AM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

Oh, and if inducing makes the link to breast cancer, all of us who have had our labors induced are at risk too? I also was sick and my first pregnancy ended in an abruption. I automatically went into induced labor. This lying business is seriously stupid. I think it should be considered a form of terrorism against women, and maybe they should be forced to be tormented in the same way other suspected terrorists do. Fair is fair.

1:46AM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

Of course the tea party wants to lie. We decided we aren't so stupid as to just take men's word for it, nor did we behave by being complacent. So now, to get their way, since their logic can't win, they have to lie to us. It's just another way of secretly admitting they're not as smart as they'd like to be.

10:49PM PDT on Mar 13, 2011

this proposal is disgusting.

11:08AM PDT on Mar 13, 2011

Indiana is a republican haven. the 'pubs run and control everything and lie about and distort everthing anyway. why would this be any different?

watch for our biggest BS artist, gov. mitch daniels when he starts making presidential overtures. be afraid. be very afraid.

10:44AM PDT on Mar 13, 2011

How is it that many male legislators, who have so ardently pushed for anti-choice laws over the years have been caught out paying for the abortions of their illicit mistresses??

8:28AM PST on Mar 12, 2011

Lets disassemble this dominion Christian stupidity right now.

First of all, from a religious standpoint. This law would, for all intents and purposes, force doctors to "bear false witness" against their fellow medical professionals (neighbors), a violation of the 9th Commandment, for all of those that think that they are allowed to pick and choose what rules that they select for themselves to follow.

It also forces doctors to violate their Hippocratic oath; an act that can lead to having their medical license to be pulled.

http://nktiuro.tripod.com/hippocra.htm

A doctor is oathbound to provide honest and decent medical care and information. This imbecilic law would force doctors to violate too many rules, oaths and other laws.

After all, a doctor that gives out false medical information, could be sued for malpractice as well.

I can see the AMA fighting this piece of Christian-based, ill-conceived, ignorant dreck.

8:15AM PST on Mar 12, 2011

I think if a woman is going to get an abortion she should educate herself about the procedure and know the fact so she can make up her own mind.

1:03AM PST on Mar 12, 2011

Studies have shown that Republicans lie.

10:08PM PST on Mar 11, 2011

Repugs lie all the time and lying to women is for their own good, because of course stupid females are just walking wombs that need to be told what to do.

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