new State Health Department rules prohibit doctors from even mentioning 'elective abortion' as an option for patients
Several Texas physicians groups have fired off a letter to the Department of State Health Services, objecting to language in the state's rules which prevent doctors from 'discussing elective abortion with their patients,' 1200 WOAI news reports.
The language covers all physicians who participate in the Texas Women's Health Program, and the letter was written by the Texas Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Texas Academy of Family Physicians, and the Texas Pediatric Society.
The rules are an outgrowth of an effort by the state to completely eliminate all funding for abortions under the Program.
"If the state indeed wants doctors to participate in the program, this is s step in the opposite direction,' said Dr. Michael Speer, TMA President.
He warned that many physicians will leave the program if the rules are enacted.
"This will 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," he said.