Kansas to Pregnant Women: "A Little Lie from Your Doctor Won't Hurt You"

It's what every pregnant woman I know dreads. Going into that big ultrasound, having the ultrasound tech, who had been so chatty, suddenly go silent. Having her do sweep after sweep across your belly without saying another word, until finally, she gets up and solemnly says, "I am going to get the doctor."

As far as pregnancy nightmares go, I thought that was one of the worst. But now politicians in Kansas are giving pregnant women and their partners something new to worry about. Buried in a sweeping anti-abortion bill is a provision that would immunize a doctor who discovers that a baby will be born with a devastating condition and deliberately withholds that information from his patient. That's right. If the bill passes, a doctor who opposes abortion could decide to lie about the results of your blood tests, your ultrasound, your cvs or your amnio. Lie to you so that you won't have information that might lead you to decide to end your pregnancy or that might lead you to learn more about your child's condition so that you are prepared to be the best parent you can be to your child.

Now, I have been working for a long time defending the right of a pregnant woman to make the best decision for herself and her family, whether that is continuing the pregnancy, adoption, or abortion, based on full, accurate information. I thought I had seen just about every manner of government intrusion into those fundamentally personal and private decisions. I thought I was past the point of being shocked and outraged. But as a mother who has been through those ultrasounds myself, the thought that my doctor could choose to withhold this information from me and take this decision away from me and my husband ... well, let's just say it really touched a nerve.

And, unfortunately, it's not just Kansas. Other states motivated by anti-abortion zeal are jumping on the it's-ok-for-doctors-to lie-to-their-patients-to-prevent-them-from-having-an-abortion bandwagon. Oklahoma recently passed a similar law. And, the Arizona legislature is considering a similar bill.

But I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Despite the rhetoric of anti-abortion politicians about how all these restrictions are necessary to ensure that women's decisions are well-informed, it's never been about that. Doctors who provide abortions already work hard to ensure that every woman has the information she needs to make the best decision for herself and her family. What these bills are about is politicians who think they know better than women and who are trying to impose their own views on abortion on a woman and her family regardless of the circumstances: That's what's behind those now infamous ultrasound bills in places like Virginia, Idaho, and Pennsylvania. That's what's behind the bills in Georgia and Arizona that would ban abortion at the point when a woman often learns about a devastating diagnosis. And that is what is behind so many of the other bills working their way through the state legislatures right now. The Kansas bill is, in a way, just more upfront about it.

Well, enough is enough. We may not all agree about abortion, but we can all agree that these decisions ought to be made by a woman and her family, not a politician. So, whether you are a man or a woman; whether you are already a parent or think you might become one in the future; whether you are blissfully pregnant or unhappily so, if you care about your right to make your own decisions, I ask that you help get the word out. Share this blog on Facebook and Twitter. Send an email with this link to the President of the Kansas Senate. Tell the politicians all over the country to stop interfering in a family's personal and private decisions.

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So what's the first thing in the Hypocritic Oath?


So they'll be allowed to take the Hypocritic Oath?


Father knows best politics......

Steve B. Butler

Please include a citation of the bill number and relevant section(s).


We should also lobby the ABMS to revoke the certification of any physician who lies to patients under the auspices of these laws.


Here's something I copied on google. Anyone who does not have an ultrasound is just plain irresponsible. Ultrasound
Who gets it: Ultrasounds are commonly used in pregnancy to determine a baby's due date and fetal development. Most women get one at some point during pregnancy, but if you have a chronic health problem, are carrying multiples, or experience vaginal bleeding (which can be a sign of placental problems), you may require several. Ultrasounds are also used to detect birth defects and to check fetal growth and position.
What it is: Ultrasound tests use sound waves undetectable to the human ear to help produce pictures of your unborn baby in the womb. A small, handheld device that emits sound waves will be rubbed across your abdomen. These waves bounce off the baby and reflect back to the ultrasound machine, creating an on-screen picture. Ultrasounds usually last about 15 to 20 minutes, although a detailed examination (generally done when birth defects are suspected) can take up to several hours.
If your baby seems to be growing too slowly, your doctor may also recommend a new ultrasound test called Doppler velocimetry. This procedure measures blood flow in the umbilical cord and other major fetal arteries to see if the baby is getting enough oxygen. Doctors use this test along with others to see if it's best to deliver the baby early.
What the results mean: When they are administered late in pregnancy, ultrasound examinations can help a doctor evaluate fetal size and growth and check for placental abnormalities


In fact, I'm sure that the politicos don't give a rat's ass about abortion either way-- they're just playing to the ignorant few voters that do. Ignorant, but loud... the people that think "life begins at conception," but don't even have the intelligence to have grasped that conception is a process, not a pinpointable moment.

Thanks for spreading the word, and keep it up! Peace, Mari

Katherine K

Can you please cite the bill? Would be good to read and to give the reference for any lobbying.

Katherine K

What's the bill's name? Would be good for the email to KS.

An Elated Kansan

The Pro-Life Protections Act, House sub 313, passed the Kansas House 88-31 today on final action. The bill will:
• end tax advantages for businesses that perform abortion,
• stop tax-funding for abortion including abortion training at KU Med school,
• ban sex-selection abortion,
• uphold the civil rights of the unborn throughout gestation to match their protection in criminal law,
• protect the rights of parents to accurate medical information about childbirth.

Quite a difference from what one learns from reading the actual bill versus relying on politacally spun articles like this dribble!


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