Arizona's Senate has passed a law that says doctors no longer have to tell pregnant women about any foetal problems they might have with their unborn, to prevent any abortions. Furthermore, they can't be sued for withholding that information, should anything go wrong in the process. This brings up a number of crucial questions I would like to ask on International Women's Day:
1. How does that omission of important information from their patients squares with their Hippocratic Oath to save lives, not put them at risk?
2. How does it align with their role as doctors to safeguard the welfare of those patients, which should be their primary concern?
3. How does it engender trust in the doctor-patient relationship? After all, if you believe a doctor could be lying to you, or being economical with the truth, how does that make for a calm confident pregnancy instead of an anxious one?
4. Isn't this a dangerous precedent which could now put many women's lives at risk?
Surely, this is another meanspirited assault in the war on women. How can these callous Republican politicians even pretend to care about the women who voted them into power by ignoring their needs in this way and making things even more difficult for them, when a pregnancy is bad enough.
This is a very dangerous move by those callous politicians which might yet backfire, very badly, on them, and makes no sense at all except for sheer control and malicious spite.