Medical Choices Shouldn’t Hold Criminal Title or Threat

Had to repost…. So saddening that people actually hate people who believe we should have choices, and people who make use those options, so much they go to the extent of calling false names, lying and verbally abusing us while also trying to take our right to health care away.

This article is written by a doctor concerned about women in North Dakota.

Don’t criminalize medical decisions by Dr. Kristen Cain

The North Dakota Legislature is advancing extreme legislation that would give a fertilized egg the same legal rights and protections as you and I have within the North Dakota criminal code.

This “personhood bill’ – Senate Bill 2303 — is now being considered in the House. This would mean that in vitro fertilization providers face criminal prosecution, with imprisonment and loss of medical license, if an embryo is lost or discarded. Abortion providers would also be guilty of homicide.

As an infertility doctor in North Dakota who cares for women in the earliest stages of pregnancy and cares for their pre-pregnancy embryos, I am gravely concerned about this bill.

The goal of the bill is to stop abortion by prosecuting abortion providers for homicide. Although clumsy exemptions were added in an attempt to soften the bill’s language and make it more acceptable, some in vitro procedures would still be restricted and infertility services in our state would remain at great risk.

The amendments would also lead to uncertainties as to when a physician can treat such serious conditions as early ectopic pregnancy, incomplete miscarriage, premature rupture of membranes and the myriad other conditions that can become much worse during pregnancy.

When your life is on the line, do you really want your doctor checking state law to ensure your necessary medical treatment is approved by the North Dakota Legislature?

With this bill, doctors risk jail time and loss of their medical license if anyone interprets their actions to be in violation of the law. It could also criminalize doctors who deal with end-of-life issues such as hospice and organ transplantation.

Legislating medical care in this way will make it even harder to recruit doctors to North Dakota.

Personhood legislation that makes the practice of medicine a crime will cripple infertility services in this state.

(Kristen Cain, M.D., is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.)

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