From the AP:
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that would shield doctors and others from so-called "wrongful birth" lawsuits.
Those are lawsuits that can arise if physicians don't inform pregnant women of prenatal problems that could lead to the decision to have an abortion.
The Senate's 20-9 vote Tuesday sends the bill to the state House.
The bill's sponsor is Republican Nancy Barto of Phoenix. She says allowing the medical malpractice lawsuits endorses the idea that if a child is born with a disability, someone is to blame.
Barto said the bill will still allow "true malpractice suits" to proceed.
That's right--State Sen. Barto wants a law to protect doctors who "don't inform pregnant women of prenatal problems," because that's not malpractice.
And what else is Barto up to?
Well, according to this press release I found:
Arizona State Sen. Nancy Barto, National Healthcare Experts to Speak at Healthcare Delivery Innovation Alliance Forum in Phoenix, March 1
Forum to focus on innovative ways employers can break their rising healthcare cost trend
PHOENIX, Feb 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Healthcare Delivery Innovation Alliance (HDIA) will host a forum focusing on innovative ways employers can address rising healthcare costs and employee satisfaction in the delivery of healthcare services. The forum, which will feature national and state experts in healthcare is being held Thursday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Phoenix at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.
Speakers will advise on best practices to improve healthcare cost effect on a company's bottom line, and will address a variety of healthcare reform topics. Executives from employers, healthcare organizations, insurance companies, benefits brokers/consultants, and the media are welcome to join.
But pregnant women who'd like to know if the kid they're carrying has some prenatal problem are not so welcome, I guess.
This is what I just don't understand about the far-right mindset--how they're able to keep they ideas "women shouldn't necessarily know their fetus has a problem" and "best practices for healthcare" in their heads at same time, and not see a contradiction.
Oh, wait--I get it. It's not "best practices for healthcare" that concern her, it's "best practices to improve healthcare [costs and their effect on a] company's bottom line" that matters.