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  •  I was pleased to hear about that, too. (10+ / 0-)

    But the cynical part of me wonders if more physicians don't object to this intrusion into their profession because they will be making $$ off of it.  I mean, it's not an uncommon practice for doctors to own the facilities and/or equipment that will be needed to perform all these unneccessary procedures.  

    Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. MLK Jr.

    by koosah on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 07:23:09 AM PDT

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    •  No, probably not. (9+ / 0-)

      The doctors make money from ultrasounds including transvaginal ones. But the doctors definitely do not like the intrusiveness and the interference with the doctor-patient relationship. There is no way the doctors like this legislation except for the right wing ones. Unfortunately we do have some of those but they are not in the majority.

      The problem is, one reason I do not contribute to the political action committees of the medical associations is that they have often supported Republicans because they have been on their side on malpractice "reform". Then they have trouble coming out against the party when it is taken over by crazies who want extreme legislation that the majority of ACOG members do not favor. Our annual meeting was picketed by anti-abortion people last year and probably will be again this year.

    •  i posted this a couple days ago. (13+ / 0-)
      Comment posted to TPM hits nail on the head.

      From Peggy Gavan:

          Simply put, the sonogram law is unethical and paternalistic. There are four basic principles of biomedical ethics: respect for autonomy, non maleficence, beneficence, and justice. Non maleficence (first, do no harm) and beneficence (prevent harm, promote good) are the foundation of the Hippocratic Oath, but patient autonomy and justice are the key principles related to this law.

          The principle of autonomy states that patients must be allowed to make their own voluntary, informed healthcare decisions. It also ensures that patients be allowed to accept or refuse to hear information from their medical provider. If a woman must consent to a sonogram against her will, the provider now takes on a paternalistic role and autonomy is denied. Justice, which relates to equal access to healthcare, is also denied, because the woman cannot have access to an abortion without submitting to a sonogram. To deny benefits to some when others in the same class receive benefits is unjust, whether you are pro-choice or pro-life.  

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