North Carolina Governor Vetoes Informed Consent Law

On Monday, North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue vetoed a measure designed to make more information readily available for women considering an abortion. The legislation includes a 24-hour waiting period, mandated access to ultrasound, and a list of important information abortion doctors are required to tell their patients.

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Governor Perdue defended her veto by arguing that the bill interferes with the doctor-patient relationship.

According to Reuters,

“This bill is a dangerous intrusion into the confidential relationship that exists between women and their doctors,” the Democratic governor said in a statement.

“The bill contains provisions that are the most extreme in the nation in terms of interfering with that relationship.” [emphasis mine]

Upon reading the actual legislation, it is difficult to find the “extreme” interferences mentioned by Governor Perdue. Doctors are required to give essential information to their their patients. This includes:

  • The name of the doctor who will perform the abortion
  • The medical risks of the particular abortion
  • The probable gestational age of the unborn child
  • That ultrasound imaging and other printed information is available
  • That the woman has other alternatives to the abortion procedure such as adoption or keeping the baby
  • That the woman is free to withdraw her consent to the abortion at any time

Doctors are also required to perform an ultrasound on their patients and provide a medical description of the ultrasound images.

Do these requirements sound like the country’s “most extreme” interferences in the doctor-patient relationship? Doctors should give their patients basic information before performing any procedure. Patients have a right to know and weigh their options. The bill simply makes this standard procedure a requirement, thereby protecting women from the pressures or negligence of abortion providers. The North Carolina legislation is not the first of its kind either; twenty-five other states have adopted similar laws.

“Choice” is defined as “an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.” Letting a patient know her options is as pro-choice as it comes. And yet, the pro-abortion lobby continues to fight against laws like the one in North Carolina. The reason is obvious—these laws historically lead to reductions in the number of abortions. Live Action’s investigations have repeatedly shown that the primary concern of abortion providers is not to help women, but to sell abortion at whatever the cost.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=689125810 David Nisbet

    Extreme my foot.

  • oldmanbob

    Murder for hire is a very profitable bussines.  Don’t mess with my blood money, after all as soon as a baby is seen as a baby the odds of killing it for cash go way down.

    I hope that North Carolina has a recall law as we do here in Oregon.  If you do put it use.

  • Perry

    Gov Perdue’s veto is dangerous politics, sounding like her liberal views for a woman’s right to know and get essential information before an abortion is performed here in our state “is an extreme interference into doctor and patient confidential relationship.”  Give me a break!  Any woman seeking an abortion should know and see the baby/human being that is being killed.  Isn’t it interesting that everybody who favors abortion is already alive?

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately Gov Perdue is my governor. Hopefully, not for long. If a pregnant woman had to tour a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and see a 23 week premie surviving maybe the would change their opinion……I doubt it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.ertelt Steven Ertelt
  • Rights4disabled

    “This bill is a dangerous intrusion into the
    confidential relationship that exists between women and their doctors,” ….and Obamacare isn’t? How can this make any sense?? Oh, wait…she’s a liberal nut job..they have no logic in thinking.

  • SuperLogic

    Making an informed CHOICE is extreme??  Only to a liberal lefty.   Let me tell you what’s extreme… killing an unborn child!

  • Janell Thornn

    Gov. Perdue is showing ignorance in full force! ALL people having a medical procedure should know the pros and cons of ANY surgery, whether it is heart surgery, tonsillectomy, or abortion. As far as I’m concerned she is showing extreme ignorance in her decision to veto a bill that should really not be in question. Informing women about the procedure and the pros and cons should be automatic and shame on any doctor or facility that does not give a woman the information that gives her a right to CHOICE!

    • Anonymous

      Right, like all of the papers I had to sign and the information that had to be presented to me before I could get an epidural. In fact, I have never heard of a doctor being able to perform a medical procedure without first telling the patient all of the risks, facts and or options regarding the procedure. This is liberal dribble at its worst.

  • Anonymous

     Don’t know if the whole letter will show, but since I live in NC, here’s what I wrote to her:

    Dear Gov. Perdue,

     

    I just heard of your decision to veto the
    Informed Consent Law, a law that would require:

    ·        
    The
    name of the doctor who will perform the abortion

    ·        
    The
    medical risks of the particular abortion

    ·        
    The
    probable gestational age of the unborn child

    ·        
    That
    ultrasound imaging and other printed information is available

    ·        
    That
    the woman has other alternatives to the abortion procedure such as adoption or
    keeping the baby

    ·        
    That
    the woman is free to withdraw her consent to the abortion at any time

     

    If you take the term “abortion” out of these
    requirements, these sound like the requirements of any major medical procedure,
    but you said of the law:

     

    “This
    bill is a dangerous intrusion
    into the confidential relationship that exists between women and their doctors….The
    bill contains provisions that are the most
    extreme in the nation in terms of interfering with that relationship.”

     

    I
    fail to see how they are extreme. I also fail to see how the requirements in
    the law intrude with the confidential relationship between a patient and the
    doctor. If anything, your vetoing of the bill is a greater intrusion into the
    doctor/patient relationship because you are putting all the power of
    information into the hands of the doctor, who profits off the abortion. How far
    do we take this notion of confidentiality between a doctor and a patient? Can
    they plan a bank robbery and claim confidentiality? Can a doctor not inform their
    patient of any of the side effects of medicine or the possible outcomes of a
    major medical procedure? How cloaked in secrecy do we allow the doctor/ patient
    relationship to be before we breed an environment for Dr. Mengeles to exist? An
    extreme comparison? Definitely. But it seems apt. You are not enhancing the
    doctor/patient relationship, you are hindering it. You vetoed a bill that would
    require a doctor to give his/her patient all of the information to make an
    informed decision. That’s what you vetoed – the right to hear information. You
    took that right from the patient.

     

    Are
    you afraid Planned Parenthood won’t support your reelection campaign?

     

    Well,
    I’m new to North Carolina. I moved down here from New York City just this past
    August. I even went to college in Boston, so I’m one of those liberal Northeast
    elites, I suppose, but I will definitely not be voting for you. You stopped the
    flow of information with your veto. You didn’t protect some mythical doctor/patient
    relationship. You personally played a role in young women not receiving all of
    the vital information they will need to make an informed decision.

     

    Sincerely

  • Fts

    first off a twenty four hour wait period when you’re pregnant and don’t want to be is tough, and the ultra sound is another 300 dollars this is ridiculous can’t you pro-lifers just move on, if you don’t like abortion don’t get one, keep your opinions in church and out of the law 

    • Anonymous

      I’ve never heard of an abortion clinic charging 300 dollars for an ultrasound. The averages I’ve seen range from 75-125 dollars. And since many clinics already do ultrasounds in order to calculate gestational age and therefore the proper abortion procedure to use, they generally add the cost of the ultrasound into the overall cost of the abortion anyway.
      Of course there are always exceptions. Would you be willing to link me the website address or the name of the abortion clinic that you know chargers 300 dollars for ultrasounds in addition to the cost of the abortion?
      And when you’re talking about destroying a unique living human a 24 hour wait seems plenty reasonable.
      Oh and how about you write a letter to Gianna Jessen and tell her “if you don’t like abortion don’t get one.”