The GOP War on Women’s Health has become so out of control that stories break daily about proposed state laws that do everything from force women to have ultrasounds before having abortions to allow empolyers to withhold birth control coverage to women using contraception for anything that’s not “medically necessary.” But a proposed Kansas law takes all of that a step further by allowing doctors to directly lie to patients about the potential health of their children.

The proposed bill would make it legal for a healthcare provider to lie about or withhold the results from ultrasounds, amnios, blood tests, and cvs tests. These procedures screen for birth defects and genetic conditions that might lead women to the tough decision of terminating a pregnancy (or of course, might just help her prepare for the birth of a special needs child). Similar laws are in the pipeline in Oklahoma and Arizona, with the official GOP logic supporting a provider’s right to shield him or herself from future malpractice suits if a child is in fact born with a defect that the technician could have prevented by giving a woman a reason to have an abortion. None of this makes good sense.

Am I the only one more frightened by this bill than by any of the others? Conservative forces claim that they are only trying to protect women from bad health decisions by instituting all of these rules and regulations, and that has become commonplace. It’s also become the norm for them to create obstacles around securing reproductive health services…no sex education, no birth control, shame on you if you get pregnant, no abortion, no social services to help care for your child once you have one…I totally get it (and the nonsense of it). But the purpose of pre-natal testing is not to help women find reasons to have abortions, it’s to help families make the best decisions possible. Many families find out that a baby with health problems is on its way, prepare themselves with the knowledge and extra resources that they’ll need, and welcome that new family into the world with open arms. Why should the right of those families to be as prepared as possible be trumped by lawmaker objection to abortion?

What do you think?

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  • pink

    Newsflash!! Republicans stay out of the business of women’s reproductive system!!

  • Dalili

    Talk about infringing on a woman’s rights!!

  • trace21

    More and more people today are pursuing higher education, more people have resources to get a better life. And many are rightfully doing this no matter their race or social status. So naturally the government wants to ensure that in future generations to come there is a guarantee supply of under privileged , under educated , lower class citizens. Think about it, these laws are not going to affect any of these law makers wives and women of their economic level. These laws will harm the middle class women, the lower middle class women and of course the poor women of America.

  • mamareese

    I don’t get it…what’s with the need to police EVERYTHING people do? I understand the concern but with homelessness, unemployment, bad economics, etc……why does this even take a front seat? This is what our tax dollars pay for….you take a huge chunk of our earnings then turn around and tell us what to do with the rest and our lives? What happened to governed for the people and by the people……This is do what I say or pay the price. I’m going off the grid one day I swear…..mountains here I come.

  • Tes

    That makes no sense! So my doctor can lie to me and tell me my baby is perfectly healthy, even if it isn’t. And when said unhealthy baby is born they are exempt from a malpractice lawsuit…how? I don’t think they care if the laws make sense at this point; I think they’re just trying to see how much they can really get away with…

    Personally, if that’s how they’re going to play it, I’ll get as many opinions as possible, find the place where whatever I need can be done, and have it done, whatever that may be. Because this here? Twilight Zone…