Monday, August 6, 2012

Don’t Gag Doctors, Says TMA President

Don’t gag doctors. That’s the heart of a letter from the Texas Medical Association (TMA) to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). TMA President Michael E. Speer, MD, points out DSHS’s proposed rules would impose a “gag order” on physicians who participate in the Texas Women’s Health Program (TWHP), barring them from discussing elective abortion with their patients even if the patient asked about it or if the standard of care indicated it should be discussed as an option.

“If the state indeed wants doctors to participate in the program, this is a step in the opposite direction,” added Dr. Speer. Many Texas physicians may leave the program because these rules, if enacted, would force them to choose between practicing medicine in accordance with the standard of care and medical ethics, or in accordance with a rule created to serve a political ideology.

Co-signing the letter with TMA were the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/Texas District, Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Texas Academy of Family Physicians, and Texas Pediatric Society.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Nice to see doctors finally recognizing the meddling of politicians into women's personal health care!! As a woman and a mother of two daughters I urge Texas doctors to get louder about legislators acting as surrogate physicians to all the women in Texas. None of the legislators in Texas should be allowed to dictate to my physician which one of my questions he or she is allowed to answer.

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