Krista - posted on 04/27/2010 ( 50 moms have responded )
From the NY Times:
The Oklahoma Legislature voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to override vetoes of two highly restrictive abortion measures, one making it a law that women undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before having an abortion.
Though other states have passed similar measures forcing women to have ultrasounds, Oklahoma’s law goes further, requiring a doctor or technician to set up the monitor where the woman can see it and describe the heart, limbs and organs of the fetus. No exceptions are made for rape and incest victims.
The second measure passed into law Tuesday protects doctors from malpractice suits if they decide not to inform the parents of a unborn baby that the fetus has birth defects. The intent of the bill is to prevent parents from later suing doctors who withhold information to try to influence them against having an abortion.
The first bill is shocking enough, but the second bill basically makes it legal for a doctor to lie to his patients. They are basically telling the woman, "No, you don't have the right to that information, because we don't trust you and what you might do with it."
Frankly, I'm disgusted -- and I would think that even women who would NEVER consider abortion would be appalled to find out that their doctor knew that the baby was deformed, but never told them.