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Kansas Wants To Shield Doctors Who Lie To Women About Abortion

Kansas Wants To Shield Doctors Who Lie To Women About Abortion

Kansas state Rep. Barbara Bollier (R-Mission Hills) may be the bravest Republican in the country right now.

The retired anesthesiologist is speaking out against a radical new anti-abortion bill that exempts doctors from medical malpractice suits if they withhold medical information to prevent an abortion and also protects them from malpractice claims if a woman suffers an injury from a pregnancy as a result of information withheld from her to prevent an abortion mandates doctors tell patients. The bill also mandates doctors disclose a link between abortions and breast cancer, even though medical experts have disproved any link.

Oh but that’s not all. The bill also stops health savings account funds from going to the purchase of abortion insurance coverage (a mandatory purchase for women since Kansas has outlawed general insurance coverage of abortions) and contains a fetal pain provision that makes 20 weeks the latest time for an abortion based. Like all other fetal pain provisions this one is supported with debunked science.

Let me put it this way. The science behind this bill is so bad and the over-reach into women’s lives so great that a pro-life Republican is speaking out against this bill, based on the bad science behind it.

There’s really no way to sugar coat this. The bill’s author state Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe) has no real interest in science or public health for that matter. He’s interested in controlling women’s lives.

Kinzer and his allies, including Gov. Sam Brownback believe it is good public health policy to mandate that doctors withhold health information from women who need an abortion and will shield them from the consequences. And let’s be clear what those consequences are–lawsuits from health injuries that come from a failure to render competent, complete medical advice.

See, medical malpractice claims require an act of negligence, and negligence is simply the failure to exercise reasonable care in carrying out your duties. If withholding relevant medical information from a woman in order to influence her was a reasonable part of a doctor’s duties there would be no need for protection from malpractice claims. The bill, on it’s face, admits its own unreasonableness.

Once that liability shield is established doctors can also be free, and in fact are mandated by this law, to tell a woman a medical lie if she so much as inquires about an abortion.

And in case that wasn’t enough, the bill sticks it to middle-class and poor women by forbidding them to use their own money to purchase abortion riders after legislating that the only way a woman can have insurance covered abortion care is to purchase an abortion rider.

You know the bill is bad when the fetal pain provision is one of the least outrageous provisions.

Oklahoma passed a similar measure but it’s been blocked. Kansas legislators have to know many parts of this bill we be challenged, and that could be part of their point. Any opportunity to create competing rulings on similar issue is an invitation for a path to Supreme Court review.

Kansas lawmakers have been given a whole six days to consider this bill before it starts the committee process and heads to the House of Representatives where it is expected to pass.

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6:37PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

SICK!

5:46AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

I actually believe that if this bill passes it will be a first step to placing women and their bodily choices back in the hands of male domination. Whatever next? Will it become acceptable again for men to beat their wives? Will rape become the woman's fault, as it used to be?
This bill is being pushed by the half of the population who will never have to face rape, pregnancy or childbirth.

5:29AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

This absolutely disgusts me. If you are a doctor, it is your job to help people make informed decisions about their health, and to save their life without considering your own personal beliefs. If a woman dies because you deliberately lied to prevent her getting a necessary medical procedure, then you are DIRECTLY responsible and should be punished accordingly.
Patients' decisions are none of their doctor's business and the fact this bill is even being considered deeply disgusts and appalls me.

8:24PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Every women needs to know that abortion is OK---and be allowed to make her own decision on the child who is in her body!

11:39AM PST on Feb 14, 2012

And what do they think will happen to that unwanted child? Do they really think life at any cost is worth the price? Do they think these unwanted children will thank them? Women deserve the RIGHT to make informed choices. It's not the doctors decision, unless of course the doctor is willing to take all those children in. I think that is a much better idea then prosecuting them...let them raise the unwanted children and the same for the legislators wanting to pass this horrible NAZI law.

And what happens to the women or her partner when they find out the doctor lied and they shoot him? Not a smart choice in a state in which women own guns and in which no state permit is required to purchase a rifle, shotgun, or handgun.

9:30AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

That's an outrageous bill! I'm even more disappointed with the doctors. Why would they even agree to do this, even if they will be protected. You shouldn't become a doctor if you're going to malpractice it in the first place. Shame on them.

4:25PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

This is crazy. But really many doctors already treat women as if they can't handle making decisions about their own health. I've never had a doctor explain anything about a pap test to me and I have to be the one to say it is unnecessary (when pregnant they kept trying to take one and there just was no reason for it, but of course it isn't as if anyone would discuss it with me).

12:29PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

After getting all possibilities laid out a woman should be able to make a final decision. Men simply should stop trying to dominate women and support and respect their wisdom in regards their body and health. This stupid power game has to stop, besides there are much more important issues to focus on which are a question of human survival.

11:59AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

The attacks on women by these repug males is the result of feeling inadequate about the size of their penises.

12:57AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

That is one crazy bill.

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