Target: Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives
Goal: Don’t prevent parents from suing doctors who do not inform them of disabilities detected in prenatal testing.
Pro-life doctors in Texas may soon be able to lie to pregnant patients about the health of their child with no legal repercussions. The State Senate recently passed a bill that prevents parents from suing doctors and medical providers in the event that their child is born with a disability. However, the bill protects doctors from lawsuits even in the event that a disability is detected during prenatal testing and doctors fail to disclose the information to parents.
The bill will now move to the Texas House of Representatives, where it may become state law. Proponents of the bill say it aims to protect medical practitioners from lawsuits and protect children with disabilities. But the law would make it possible for doctors to lie to parents about their children’s health, potentially on the basis of religious beliefs. In short, pro-life doctors could keep disability information from parents in order to ensure a pregnancy is carried to term.
If passed by the Texas House, this law will make it possible for doctors to lie to pregnant women about the health of their children, while keeping those doctors immune from legal retribution.
Dear Speaker Straus,
The Texas State Senate recently passed Bill 25, which prevents parents from suing medical practitioners if their children are born with disabilities. This protection applies to doctors even if they withhold prenatal test results from parents.
Despite the intentions of the bill to protect both doctors and disabled children, it would in effect allow doctors to lie to or withhold information from patients, based on their personal beliefs concerning abortion, without facing legal consequences. The choice to terminate a pregnancy is a parental one, and that decision should not be influenced by medical professionals. The law must protect expectant mothers and ensure that they receive any and all pertinent information about the health of their babies.
I urge you to vote against Bill 25 when it comes to the Texas House of Representatives. Its passage would set a dangerous precedent for keeping information from pregnant women in your state. It is a thinly veiled attack on a woman’s right to choose, and I ask that you protect that right with your vote.
[Your Name Here]
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