Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Texas Bill Would Allow OBs To Withhold Information From Pregnant Women

From The Huffington Post:

The Texas Senate Committee and State Affairs voted this week to advance a controversial bill that would prevent parents from suing their care provider if their baby is born with disabilities, even if their doctor discovered the fetus’ condition and failed to disclose it.

Proponents say Senate Bill 25 protects doctors and children with disabilities, but opponents have slammed it as a thinly veiled attempt to curb abortion rights by extending protections to doctors who mislead their patients.

“SB 25 would allow doctors to lie to their patients,” Heather Busby, executive director at the advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, said in a statement to The Huffington Post. 

If, for example, an OB-GYN discovered during an ultrasound that a fetus had severe abnormalities and failed to inform his or her patient ― knowing the mother might chose to terminate the pregnancy ― that mother would be prevented from later bringing what is known as a “wrongful birth” suit.

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I don't like the thought of abortion. I don't like to think that I could have been someone else's abortion and not here to write this comment; but it is not the doctor's or the state's right to conceal information about an unborn child. Pro-life or pro-choice has to be settled through legislation, not in a doctor's office.

Posted by: Reed James | Mar 9, 2017 12:59:05 PM

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