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Having a baby? Don’t go to Oklahoma.

April 28, 2010

Hey, if you’re planning on being pregnant in Oklahoma sometime in your future, don’t.

Oklahoma has placed tighter restrictions on abortions, including requiring an ultrasound. This is nothing new as a few other states have done this, and while I don’t agree, that’s a topic better left to The Hating Expert.

What is absolutely disgusting is another ‘abortion restriction’ put into law that doesn’t just affect those seeking an abortion, but those who are pregnant and having a child.

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.

That’s right sweet hearts, doctors can now withhold crucial information from you, and you can’t do shit about it.

Since explicitly saying that doctors can withhold information from a patient if it conflicts with their moral or religious views is obviously illegal and wrong (but somehow okay for pharmacists?), Oklahoma law makers decided to simply protect the choice of a doctor should they choose to withhold information. Notice how pregnant women have no right to choose, but other people can choose what goes on with our bodies? Hmm.

But abortion aside, if I were a pregnant woman wanting to start a family, I would be terrified of this, and extremely pressured to lie and say that I thought abortion was wrong just so I could receive the truth. More realistically, I would just move out of Oklahoma, because who wants to live somewhere where doctors are free to lie?

I also don’t think these lawmakers understand how dangerous it is for the mother not to know about severe birth defects ahead of time. There is an immense amount of preparation needed for children with birth defects, heart problems, and diseases. Arranging health insurance ahead of time can save your child from being dropped from coverage as soon as its born. Gathering the right tools and medicine, and proofing your home is vital to carrying for certain ailments and defects.

On the bright side, I do have faith have there is only a minority of doctors who would be so dishonest, disgusting, and vile as to lie to pregnant women. Though I have no connections to Oklahoma other than sharing a country with it, I hope any readers who do live in Oklahoma take a stand against this, and even more so, look out for their safety and their child’s by finding a trustworthy doctor.

At the time of this posting, I can’t find any groups or petitions against this law that people can actively partake in. If you know of one, please let me know.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2010 4:31 am

    It’s not just that birth defects can be difficult to deal with (especially for a family just starting out), many of them can result in the death of the mother as well. This completely violates the Hippocratic Oath. I’m interested to see if the AMA will have anything to say on this topic.

  2. April 28, 2010 1:13 pm

    I think it should be up to the family to decide if they want to have a child with birth defects. Some people aren’t mentally ready/stable to parent such children and there is a risk it poses to the mother as well.

    You expect your doctor to be fully open and honest. Not keep secrets.

  3. C. Williams permalink
    April 28, 2010 10:43 pm

    I live, happily, a long way from your country and its utterly insane “health” provisions, but I would have thought that the obvious thing for pregnant women in Oklahoma to do if they suspect their doctor might be lying to them would be to have an abortion just in case.

    At least, that’s what I’d tell legislators. At every opportunity.

  4. April 29, 2010 12:43 am

    That’s disgusting. I don’t know what else to say that it’s making me afraid for the future. Let’s hope it doesn’t spread…and even that it gets reversed.

    • Tegan McRae permalink*
      April 29, 2010 1:37 am

      Living in a red state, I often am fearful when I hear about these laws passing in other states :/

  5. Codie permalink
    April 29, 2010 5:31 am

    All I can say is god bless Australia. The US sounds like a nice place to live, unless you’re pregnant, unemployed, chronically ill…

    At least here abortion is legal (with conditions of course) and if a child has birth defects and you didn’t know some way or another, that child will always have the proper health care it needs, regardless of economic background.

    People are scared of universal healthcare and that confuses me…

  6. Sarah permalink
    April 29, 2010 6:29 pm

    really???? isn’t it the doctor’s job to tell them if their babies have birth defects???

    • Tegan McRae permalink*
      April 30, 2010 2:25 pm

      I am so tired of lawmakers acting like women are stupid, simple creatures who can’t possibly process information or understand anything around them.

      Good for the people taking a stand against this, thank you for the link. If anything other people can be involved in pops up I will post it on here :)

  7. KJlo permalink
    May 2, 2010 2:50 am

    It appears the US has gone completely mad.

    Apparently a hardcore, hard right minority are allowed to make decisions for all those that serve them (from waitresses to those in the armed forces to teachers to store attendants etc) because apparently in their eyes those that serve are clearly lesser human beings that only have themselves to blame for their lack of education or ambition. And those decisions always involve the rich getting richer and not paying anything towards the health or wellbeing of those that serve them but that perpetuate their lower income struggle instead. The only way to solve this situation for the US is to make voting in elections compulsory. The whole landscape would change and decisions would no longer be made by a few rich (mostly white) elite. Voting is compulsory in most other democratic nations. Try it. It would change the world for the better.

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