Thursday, March 08, 2012

Arizona Senate passes bill allowing doctors to lie to women to prevent abortions

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Abortion: My Mind, My Body, My Choice

Anti-abortionist Arizona lawmakers have apparently decided that a good way to avoid all the kerfuffle over pointlessly invasive medical procedures is to just quietly let women die by lying about potential health dangers:

The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that would shield doctors and others from so-called “wrongful birth” lawsuits.

Those are lawsuits that can arise if physicians don’t inform pregnant women of prenatal problems that could lead to the decision to have an abortion.

The Senate’s 20-9 vote Tuesday sends the bill to the state House.

The bill’s sponsor is Republican Nancy Barto of Phoenix. She says allowing the medical malpractice lawsuits endorses the idea that if a child is born with a disability, someone is to blame.

As usual, the thinking is completely backwards. No, someone is not to blame if a disabled child is born. However, someone most certainly is to blame if a woman suffers or dies because she was fed bullshit information in a purely ideological effort to prevent her from exercising proper control over her own body and health. That’s all this amounts to, and pretending otherwise is dishonest at best.

Then again, it’s long ago become so typical for anti-abortionists to put the life of the unfeeling unborn so far above that of the adult woman’s that it hardly merits mentioning anymore.

(via @jennifurret)