According to this article, physicians in Oklahoma are now protected from malpractice if they lie to or withhold information from their pregnant patients about the health of their unborn children. The implication being to prevent people from aborting a fetus with birth defects.
It seemed an interesting article (if somewhat melodramatic), particularly in light of this thread: http://www.typologycentral.com/forum...rong-baby.html
The state of Oklahoma just decided, and by an appallingly high margin I might add, that a doctor is protected from being sued if he or she chooses not to tell a woman that the baby she is carrying has a birth defect.Under this new law, a doctor may withhold information, mislead or even blatantly lie to a pregnant woman and her partner about the health of their baby if the doctor so much as thinks that fetal test results would cause a woman to consider abortion.Because now, when a doctor says, "Everything looks fine," she has to wonder; does it really? Oklahoma politicians have now said that she can no longer count on the sacred trust that always existed between her and her doctor. A doctor may now lie to her face and, in doing so, deny a woman what is quite possibly the most important piece of information she will ever receive in her life.'Oklahoma, what have you done?' - CNN.comDoesn't every family have the right to the information that may help them decide the course of their future or the future of their child? According to the Oklahoma State Legislature, they no longer do.
Preferably without narrowing in on "is abortion good or bad", as we've had that chat many times before. Besides, I think this issue is interesting regardless of which side you're on. Perhaps there's more to this bill than described here?