A bill that protects doctors from “wrongful birth” lawsuits has passed the Arizona House and Senate, and is on its way to Governor Jan Brewer’s desk to be signed into law. Under the protection of SB 1359, a doctor would be allowed to withhold health information about a pregnancy that could possibly lead to the decision to abort a fetus. This is just one in a list of several other bills in the state that seek to limit a woman’s right to informed consent and reproductive choices.
Legislators are also seeking to defund Planned Parenthood, define pregnancy as beginning two weeks before conception (WTF!), exempt coverage of contraceptives from employer-sponsored insurance policies, legislate what options may be taught in sex ed, and to outlaw abortions performed based on the race or sex of a child. That last bill is supposed to be based on the dubious claim that minorities are more likely to abort their children because of a conspiracy to reduce the number of black people born in this country. This from the same party who doesn’t want to help make “blaaaaa… people’s lives better.”
There is a disproportionate number of abortions in minority communities, true. But access to abortion is not the problem. Education and prevention is key to reducing the number of abortions and unintended pregnancies, the very reasons for Planned Parenthood’s existence! This fake concern by the GOP for minorities being oppressed by mad abortionists and evil eugenicists is insane and condescending. The thinly-veiled attempt to impose religiously-based legislation on women will cause more needless suffering and exacerbate the healthcare and poverty crisis in America.
The relationship between doctor and patient should be based on trust. The best interest of the patient is to be fully informed of all aspects related to health and pregnancy. To advocate dishonesty breaks down this trust and assumes that women are weak and ill-prepared to make decisions regarding their own bodies. I hope the governor will realize the very serious implications of this misguided and destructive law.