Monday, May 15, 2006

Abortion screening is wrong

Kary Moss is correct that proposed legislation requiring medical practitioners to perform "coercion and intimidation screening" on a patient seeking an abortion is nothing but a delaying and prevention tactic. It is meant to further limit access to abortion. Forcing medical practitioners to cross this legal minefield would further discourage practitioners from offering abortion services. And the proposal is demeaning to women. Adults enjoy a presumption of mental competency. Medical practitioners already are required by ethics and current medical standards to respect that competency, while giving the patient the information she needs to give informed consent. I urge opposition to this screening. Jack Shartsis, M.D. Huntington Woods More choices could help I appreciated very much the comments of Kary Moss on the recent hurdles erected for women in planning for their family size.

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