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Letter: SB 1359 a good bill, but needs more

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Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012 12:17 pm

It has come to my attention that the Arizona Senate has passed SB 1359, which deals with civil liability, wrongful life and wrongful birth. Upon a single read, though, I had found this bill to be thoughtful in that it adequately strengthens the protection of doctors when dealing with the ever growing controversial topic of abortion. It is impossible to establish harm in wrongful life claims, therefore it shouldn’t be held at the fault of the doctor to withhold such information from expecting parents. But the troubling aspect of this bill is that it presumably gives doctors the right to lie to their patient. Not all cases of wrongful birth/life occur because of immorality, this also leads me to the fact that the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy is left untouched in this bill. If omitted knowledge could lead to the death of a constituent then the bill is only saving the doctor’s pockets and not really a potential child’s life. In conclusion, I believe that a revision should be made to SB 1359, one that clearly states that if doctors fail to inform a mother of detrimental and life threatening (effects) to a mother their “immunity” from lawsuits is nullified.

Zazu Moloi


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