Having a baby? Don’t go to Oklahoma.
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.