Kansas bill will allow doctors to lie to parents. Right or wrong?
It's what every pregnant woman I know dreads. Going into that big ultrasound,
having the ultrasound tech, who had been so chatty, suddenly go silent. Having
her do sweep after sweep across your belly without saying another word, until
finally, she gets up and solemnly says, "I am going to get the doctor."
As far as pregnancy nightmares go, I thought that was one of the worst. But
now politicians in Kansas are giving pregnant women and their partners something
new to worry about. Buried in a sweeping anti-abortion bill is a provision that
would immunize a doctor who discovers that a baby will be born with a
devastating condition and deliberately withholds that information from
his patient. That's right. If the bill passes, a doctor who opposes abortion
could decide to lie about the results of your blood tests, your ultrasound, your cvs or
your amnio. Lie to you so that you won't have information that might
lead you to decide to end your pregnancy or that might lead you to learn
more about your child's condition so that you are prepared
to be the best parent you can be to your child.
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