Medical Honesty In The US: Fracked By State Governments

You all know the long list of recent state laws attempting effectively to destroy a woman’s right to choose abortion, or to obtain contraceptives, or even to hear honest medical advice about the consequences of various options. If you don’t, please view the Planned Parenthood site. Yes, they do still exist, despite Mitt Romney’s stated intention to “get rid of” them. The short version: various state governments have legislated almost literal hoops a woman must jump through to exercise her constitutionally protected right of abortion, including a waiting period, a government-specified text that the doctor must read to the woman word-for-word (a document which, in Texas, contains blatant medical falsehoods), and/or a physically invasive transvaginal ultrasound procedure which the woman must have and the doctor must describe to her even if she refuses to look at it. As I said above, you already knew all about that.

But did you know that in Pennsylvania, there’s a new state law “forbidding health care professionals from sharing information they learn about certain chemicals and procedures used in high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing”?

So “awl bidness” profits, like the avoidance of abortion, somehow justify legally compulsory blatant violations of medical ethics.

Welcome to 21st-century America. Female serfs line up to the left for your burqas; male serfs to the right for your oil-drilling equipment. Dissent will not be tolerated. Medical care will be provided, or not, at our discretion and to our written specifications. Always remember: war is peace; freedom is slavery; ignorance is strength. Now get to work…

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