Unfortunately, doctors may be forced to do so. So much for the Hippocratic oath, eh?
My family’s doctor (also a neighbor down the street, whose grass I cut :D) says that part of the Obamacare bill prohibits something called the Consciencious clause. Basically, if the bill passes, doctors cannot refuse to offer (or at least refer) abortions as a legitimate treatment for pregnancy.
As if the kid growing inside its mother’s womb — just like it was designed to do — were somehow an illness.
Pro-life people will undoubtedly find this reprehensible. But whether or not you’re pro-life is not the point. This is a big deal because it is a shining example of the government doing exactly what conservatives say that it will do in health care — get between you and your doctor’s best judgment. As doctors can still be sued for malpractice, this seems an odd play for trying to tamp down the growth of medical costs. If the woman in question later has, ahem, buyer’s remorse over her abortion, she could probably build a case against the doctor for a malpractice suit — including a massive award for pain and suffering.
So it opens up doctors for a whole new world of hurt. Great.
Anyway, I’ll be reading the document that passed the committee, if I can find it. I’ll be looking tonight, and if I find that particular piece of legislation, I’ll be back with a page number. I’d love your help in looking, so let’s work together on that.
A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. -Gandhi