The War on Women Rolls On in Arizona

From the party of small government, and the party of the "patient doctor relationship," comes a new bill which places big government squarely in the middle of your patient doctor relationship.

It’s called a “wrongful birth” bill and it’s all about preventing women from having an abortion, even if it kills them. The Arizona Senate passed a bill this week that gives doctors a free pass to not inform pregnant women of prenatal problems because such information could lead to an abortion.

In other words, doctors can intentionally keep critical health information from pregnant women and can’t be sued for it. According to the Arizona Capitol Times, “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.” So Republicans are banning lawsuits against doctors who keep information from pregnant women so as to prevent them from choosing to have an abortion.

Pardon my french but -- holy fucking shit

The word "overreach" just doesn't quite cut it.

The Republicans, who supposedly believe in limited government, are trying to legislatively manipulate your prenatal care. They want to legislatively nullify the Hippocratic Oath. Nullify professional ethics itself.

This is similar to allowing pharmacists to refuse to provide birth control because it's against their religious beliefs, except in this case the doctor can refuse to tell you the truth about your unborn child because of what you might do with the information.

And how many complications could result by withholding information from someone who had no intention of having an abortion anyway? What if withholding information leads to the death of both mother and child?

According to Arizona Republicans, you should have no right to sue a doctor who withholds this information regardless of the consequences.

Adding... this is not some fringe piece of legislation. The Arizona Senate voted to pass it.

  • kellybookgirl

    The war on women continues. I’m telling my child bearing age daughters to stand up for themselves and the future generations of women. Take the hand of a man that loves women and lead him down the path of women’s rights.

  • I swear, sometimes I think these monsters are planning war… IN the States. They are fanatics, and human life is NOT sacred to them.

  • John Papa

    Pharmacists shouldn’t have to give out any medicine they have a moral objection with. A person can always go to another pharmacist. I don’t think a doctor should be able to withhold information though. We go to doctors in good faith, expecting help with our health issues. if information is withheld, we won’t know there might be a reason to seek out another doctor. These two issues aren’t the same at all.

    • Brutlyhonest

      Pharmacists should do their jobs based on science, not their beliefs. If a doctor prescribes a medication, then it should be the pharmacists responsibility to fill that prescription. If he/she/it has a moral objection to fulfilling his/her/its job, then find a new line of work.

    • Miranda

      A person canNOT always go to another pharmacist. In small towns, there may only BE one pharmacist. What next, you think the local cashier at Kroger shouldn’t have to ring up ground beef because she’s a vegetarian? Should a salesperson be allowed to refuse to sell white shoes after labor day?

  • Dear Bob,
    I love your blog, and I am no righty, but is this really about preventing abortion?

    I found this on the bill: http://e-lobbyist.com/gaits/text/553198

    And this is one of only a few reports that actually provides context:

    According to the above article:
    “…“Wrongful birth” lawsuits typically occur when a clinician fails to properly communicate the results of prenatal screenings or fetal risk factors to prospective parents and a disabled child is born.”

    So to my understanding (based on the above article), prior to this bill parents can sue for the cost of living expenses if their child in born disabled as a result of a clinician’s failure to communicate any health issues/defects. Now they cannot.

    Although I would agree that this situation is not ideal, I find this statement – “The Arizona Senate passed a bill this week that gives doctors a free pass to not inform pregnant women of prenatal problems because such information could lead to an abortion” – is a bit misleading since it implies that the bill is a free pass for clinicians to lie to patients to specifically discourage abortion.

    Although the law can certainly be applied that way, what portion of all cases actually fit that scenario?

    • Oh please……..

      Not telling them all the facts IS lying to them. And yes, it will be done to discourage abortion.

      There have been 430 anti-abortion bills passed thislast year alone. On what planet are you living??

  • And soon Doctors will be our Priests. Religious exemption from vaccines need to be signed by your Doctor in Washington. That’s is coming to AZ and CO.

    Will my Doctor now be open on Sundays?

  • Why isn’t the AMA weighing in on this???

    • The AMA will HAVE to weigh in because not fully informing their patients means stripping the patient of their autonomy, which is a direct violation of ethical standards. This law is so frigging unconstitutional…I am speechless. I am getting on the phone first thing tomorrow with politicians, women’s rights orga, the AMA, the ACLU, etc….the conservatives in this country have lost their tiny little minds.

  • This is fucking criminal is what it is. They have NO right to do this. Who the hell do these idiots think they are???

    Time for a revolution by women.

  • holy F@#&….I can’t get out of Arizona fast enough..

  • GrafZeppelin127
  • “This is similar to allowing pharmacists to refuse to provide birth control because it’s against their religious beliefs…”

    It’s more like a pharmacist being allowed to fill a birth control prescription with a placebo, since the omission that the bill allows amounts to deception.

    • JMAshby

      Good point

  • GrafZeppelin127

    And yet whole segments of the population continue to believe that their only hope for freedom and liberty lies with the Republican party. Half the country is in an abusive relationship with the people it votes for.

  • agrazingmoose

    Just one more reason not to have sex with the men in Arizona.

  • The the ironic thing is that this bill could end up killing babies but not informing someone of a problem that could be helped if they chose to keep the baby too

  • Happy International Womens’ Day!!

  • gescove

    What the hell is wrong with these people?