A Doctor Speaks Out Against Arizona’s Let-Doctors-Lie-to-Women Legislation

March 11, 2012 at 6:12 PM 3 comments

Last Thursday I posted about legislation wending its way through the Arizona legislature known as the “Let Women Die” law.  It would permit a doctor who opposes abortion to withhold information about the condition of a patient’s fetus if they feared the patient would choose to abort if they knew how diseased and/or deformed the fetus was.

I think a better name for the legislation is let’s legalize letting “Doctors Lie to Women” or let’s legalize medical practice, because that’s essentially what it would do.

Reader beth, who commented on the post (see the link above), brought up a good point:  “Where the hell has the American Medical Association been on all this?”  Ah, yeah!

Well, the AMA is still MIA but finally a doctor has weighed in.  Meet Dr. Megan Evans:

Imagine carrying a baby to term.  You’ve waited nine long months for this moment.  You’ve planned for her arrival, you’ve had the baby shower, and you’ve gone to all your prenatal appointments. All along you are told that you are progressing normally and your baby is healthy. Your delivery day comes and, at delivery, your doctor tells you your baby has a devastating abnormality.  A cardiac defect or a severe structural abnormality or chromosomal abnormality… something that was likely already detected early in your pregnancy.

You then discover your doctor withheld this information from you for fear you would seek an abortion.  What a nightmare.

Unfortunately, the Arizona legislation is working to make this nightmare a reality.

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I respect my patients, I trust them to make the best decision for themselves and their families, and I trust my colleagues to do the same.  I, as a physician, have no right to make medical decisions for my patients based purely on what I think is best or based on my religious beliefs.

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Thank you Dr. Evans.  I can only imagine the hate mail you’re getting tonight.  Now I’m waiting for the AMA as a whole to start making some major noise — to start SCREAMING — about this unspeakable oppression.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. danielwalldammit  |  March 11, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    …and of course the “war on women” is just empty hyperbole.

  • 2. Say It Ain't So Already  |  March 11, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Yeah. Right.

  • 3. danielwalldammit  |  March 11, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    I mean, what the Hell, it’s not as though folks are stepping up attacks on Planned Parenthood in Texas or medicalizing rape as a disincentive to have abortions. Religious Freedom hasn’t been trumped up as an excuse to restrict women’s health options, and certainly nobody has been personally attacked or misrepresented for advocating on behalf of reproductive rights.

    No, this particular law is not part of a larger pattern.

    Not at all.

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