Doctors in Utah Will Be Required to Lie to Their Patients and Give Fake Medical Advice
Pro-choice and pro-life are emotional enigmas that have been hovering over people for a long time. Now doctors are being unfairly thrown into the fray – their professional standards compromised.
Abortion: Two Sides With Painfully Correct Reasons
Abortion has always been a touchy subject. Is it fair to kill an unborn child just because you don't want him to live in poverty or hardship? Even if you're not Christian, it does feel morally wrong. You're killing an innocent baby first off, and secondly, you're depriving someone the chance to live. There are plenty of personal testimonials from people who lived due to failed abortions and how they're living awesome lives and how horrible it would be if they were killed before being born.
But on the other side of the coin, women's rights are being infringed. Society is now more progressive, and gender equality is finally becoming a reality. Is it fair to force someone to go through nine months of pregnancy and then painful childbirth? Certainly not. And blaming someone for getting pregnant is even more unjust – it's also the other partner's fault, but why doesn't he get held up to the same standards?
How Doctors Are Being Unfairly Forced Into the Drama and How It's Affecting Their Professional Standards
Both sides of this heartache have feasible points – but now doctors and their medical professional standards are being compromised for the sake of anti-abortionists. Utah Governor Gary Herbert just signed into law a requirement that doctors tell their patients that particular abortion medications can be reversed.
Such advice is completely false – and doctors know it, but are now required to lie to their patients in an effort to dissuade them from getting an abortion or causing them to re-think their decision to get an abortion.
The abortion medicaion in question is a pill that can work up to ten weeks into pregnancy. The pill induces miscarriage when taken twice. There is some evidence that taking progesterone tablets can stop the pill from causing the miscarriage, but only if taken before the second dose of the pill. But the intervention works only for some cases (roughly 60 percent).
The key here is, these women didn't finish the full course of the abortion pill and made the active effort to interrupt it with progesterone tablets. But this new law forces doctors to lead their patients to believe that the abortion medication can be fully reversed.
Utah isn't the only state to pull such a maneuver. Arizona has done the same about two years ago. Is the trend good? Probably not.
It's one thing to stand up for your beliefs in pro-choice or pro-life, but it's another story altogether when you force doctors to lie to their patients for the sake of your beliefs. Physicians take an oath to do no harm – and deception is certainly harm.
Hopefully these laws will be repealed or amended to allow doctors to tell the honest truth to their patients – that the abortion medication is reversible under some very proactive circumstances.