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“It’s totally cool if your Ob/Gyn withholds information from you so you don’t get an abortion!” – Texas Senate

Okay. So that headline MAY be a wee bit dramatic, but after you read about this bill, you may agree with it.

Simply put, doctors will not be able to be sued for not telling pregnant women about a disability they (the doctor) discovered in their (the mother’s) unborn child.

Yes. The doctor can (1) find your unborn child has a disability, (2) NOT TELL YOU ABOUT IT, and (3) also NOT be sued for not telling you about this condition they knew about.

This bill has PASSED the Texas Senate, but has not yet gone to the House.

The Texas Senate passed a controversial bill on Tuesday that critics argue would empower doctors to lie to pregnant women.

Senate Bill 25, which will now be sent to the Texas House, prevents parents from suing their medical provider if their baby is born with disabilities, even if that doctor discovered the condition during routine prenatal testing and failed to inform the parents.

The architects of the so-called “wrongful-birth” bill have argued it would protect children with disabilities and prevent doctors from facing unnecessary lawsuits. “It is unacceptable that doctors can be penalized for embracing the sanctity of life,” Senator Brandon Creighton (R-TX) said in a press release when he introduced the legislation last fall.

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So basically, the whole point is to keep women from having abortions due to them finding out about their unborn child’s disability.

That’s what it all boils down to. Just more (mostly) men (Texas Senators) wanting to police women’s bodies.

It was a 21-9 vote:

29 (yeas) – Bettencourt, Birdwell, Buckingham, Burton, Creighton, Estes, Hall, Hancock, Huffines, Huffman, Hughes, Kolkhorst, Lucio, Nelson, Nichols, Perry, Schwertner, Seliger, Taylor of Galveston, Taylor of Collin, Zaffirini.

9 (nays)- Garcia, Hinojosa, Menendez, Miles, Rodrıguez, Uresti, Watson, West, Whitmire.

Absent – Campbell

I am disgusted.

And I don’t care WHERE you stand as far as abortion is concerned, EVERYBODY should be terrified by this. It’s a dangerous move.

Make no mistake. This IS saying doctors can withhold information from their patients if they suspect the mother may get an abortion….and not face any legal consequences.

Isn’t it funny how folks want to force women to have babies but when it comes to taking care of both mother and child’s healthcare…..

If this passes in the House, I would suggest pregnant women directly ask their doctor if their child has a disability. I do not know the implications for outright lying, but by the looks of it they may be covered with that as well.

SMH.

Good luck out here, Ladies.

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