Arizona Senate Wants to Make it Legal for Doctors to Lie About Birth Defects to Prevent Abortions

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Arizona's long nightmare of being outshone on the national nutbaggery stage has finally ended this week, as the state's Senate passed a bill that would essentially allow doctors to lie to women about birth defects in the name of preventing abortion. It's always nice to get a big Fuck You-gram from the state house.

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The sponsor of the law, sensibly referred to as the "wrongful birth" bill, says it's designed to protect medical professionals from litigious parents of disabled children who blame the doctor when everyone knows that birth defects are caused by God, who is punishing women for having abortions. Opponents point out that "wrongful birth" lawsuits are rare and don't need to be combatted with their own legislation. And it's worth noting that, in theory, this law would make it legal for doctors interested in pushing their own agenda on parents to withhold information on anticipated birth defects they believe might lead the parents to choose to terminate their pregnancy.

So, if you're keeping score at home, thus far, various state governments think that the following entities are better at gauging what women should be doing with their body parts than women themselves: churches, bosses, parents, husbands, and doctors. And let's absolutely not forget state legislators.

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Arizona Senate passes bill allowing doctors to not inform women of prenatal issues to prevent abortions [Addicting Info]

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BetterLateThanPregnant!

I'm tired of hearing that screenings always end up in abortions of special needs children. There are plenty of families that would happily carry a special needs pregnancy to term and love the resulting child. Frankly, it is irresponsible given our modern technology to force women who do not want a special needs child to keep it or to keep information from her. This would leave many special needs children susceptible to abuse, neglect, and abandonment.