(Nancy Barto of Phoenix: the “mommy” of this bill)
From the Associated Press:
The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that would shield doctors and others from so-called “wrongful birth” lawsuits.
Those are lawsuits that can arise if physicians don’t inform pregnant women of prenatal problems that could lead to the decision to have an abortion.
The Senate’s 20-9 vote Tuesday sends the bill to the state House.
The bill’s sponsor is Republican Nancy Barto of Phoenix. She says allowing the medical malpractice lawsuits endorses the idea that if a child is born with a disability, someone is to blame.
Barto said the bill will still allow “true malpractice suits” to proceed.
If the bill becomes law, Arizona would join nine states barring both “wrongful life” and “wrongful birth” lawsuits.
Opponents of the bill say it’s unnecessary and would infringe on reproductive rights.
Our thoughts on the matter:
If this bill becomes law, the doctor will be able to keep information about a baby being severely disabled away from the mother, so she does not consider abortion… and this thing got passed 20 to 9 in favor.
I guess they were tired of that whole “my body, my choice” argument, so they’re pushing for a “well… what if we just dont tell them they’d need to make that difficult decision because they think everything is fine?” option. And then, 9 months later, a horrible, potentially dangerous situation gets tossed into the mothers lap. (yes the joke is how i’m being literal there at the end.)
This is all super fucked up, so we’re sharing the news. there you go, something else you can be outraged about.
if you’d like to call her and share your thoughts, she’ll be in her office at 10am on monday. Here’s the phone number: (602) 926-5766