Indiana Abortion Bill Would Force Doctors to Lie to Women


abortion rightsBetween insurance lobbyists and the pressures of Big Pharma, the American patient rarely gets a fair shake out of the government. But an abortion bill proposed in Indiana won't just represent a government turning a blind eye to Americans' health care needs. It will represent a government actually requiring doctors to lie to their patients.

If House Bill 1210 passes, it will outlaw any abortion after the 20-week mark and make women view an ultrasound of her fetus (unless she signs a waiver),. And if it passes, doctors will be required by law to tell women who seek an abortion -- for any reason whatsoever -- that it will increase their risk of breast cancer. Which wouldn't be so bad, if it weren't a complete and total fabrication.

The National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Gynecologic Practice and the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer all say it's not true. ´╗┐The ACS in particular can't be anymore blunt on the matter:

The issue of abortion generates passionate viewpoints in many people. Breast cancer is the most common cancer, and is the second leading cancer killer in women. Still, the public is not well-served by false alarms. At this time, the scientific evidence does not support the notion that abortion of any kind raises the risk of breast cancer.

If the men (yes, men -- 118 of the lawmakers are male) who are backing this bill in Indiana can't read such a simplistic explanation of true science, it's terrifying to think that they're making the decisions that affect the everyday lives of residents of the Hoosier State. Even more spine-chilling is the kind of precedent set by telling doctors that the government can force them to break the ethical bounds of the practice of medicine to further a partisan agenda. Because at the risk of sounding hysterical where does it end? With our family doctor saying "it's just a pin prick" as they slip tracking devices into the fatty skin around the shoulder, a la the Manchurian Candidate? With Hitler-style eugenics programs by OB/GYNs who are "just going to take a look at what's going on up there"?

If the pro-life legislators think they have good enough reasons to limit women's rights to reproductive freedom, they shouldn't have to lie to make it happen.

Does this proposal worry you?

Image via Fibonacci Blue/Flickr

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bills... billsfan1104

They dont have the proof yet. They are still studying it, to see what long term effects of an abortion are. Just because there isnt the proof at this moment, doesnt mean there wont be.

Marwill Marwill

I got my children out of Indiana just in time. 

nonmember avatar Aubrey

Women who get abortions deserve to get breast cancer! I wish it were true! They are killing their own children! It is sick.

RenoMama RenoMama

Women who get abortions deserve to get breast cancer! I wish it were true. They are killing their own children! They are sick.

bills... billsfan1104

Reno. That was uncalled for. I am very prolife and I never wish anything bad on anyone. I have breast cancer and its a hard disease to fight. I am done with treatments, but I am not fully recovered and I am only 38. Was diagnosed at 36.

Hello... Helloitslate

@ RenoMama. don't want the babies to die, but you want the potential mother to? Oh yeah pro-life all the way. *roll eyes*

I guess you think this guys wife should die too?  You belong out there with those protesting dolts with the ignorance you are showing. 

Miriam Kennedy

Well you can reduce your risk for breast cancer by breastfeeding, so that would mean that if you have an abortion you would be passing up the chance to reduce your risk? Pretty roundabout logic, but I see where that could be a conclusion.

AngiDas AngiDas

WOW! Wishing cancer on other women. I am truly disgusted! THIS is why we aren't still considered equal. We are our own worst enemies.

bwill626 bwill626

Wow Reno, calm down. That is not a cool thing to say AT ALL. Wow, we are 2 for 2 today, bills fan! :)

ArmyW... ArmyWifeAshlie

I am so disgusted by the attitudes of some of the responses. Lying isn't okay. I hope this bill doesn't pass, it's like the fight for the roe Vs wade ruling never even happened. What on earth are things coming to??

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