This is quite a controversial subject. Texas Senate just passed a bill that allows doctors to withhold information from parent-to-be when it concerns babies who may have disabilities. This is an attempt to prevent pregnancy termination due to parents not wanting a child who may have something abnormally wrong.
Senate Bill 25, which will now be sent to the Texas House, prevents parents from suing their medical provider if their baby is born with disabilities, even if that doctor discovered the condition during routine prenatal testing and failed to inform the parents.
The architects of the so-called “wrongful-birth” bill have argued it would protect children with disabilities and prevent doctors from facing unnecessary lawsuits. “It is unacceptable that doctors can be penalized for embracing the sanctity of life,” Senator Brandon Creighton (R-TX) said in a press release when he introduced the legislation last fall.
But reproductive rights advocates have been relentless in their criticism of the measure, arguing that it would effectively make it lawful for a care provider who is opposed to abortion to avoid prenatal testing, downplay test results or even lie to patients about results if they believe those patients might consider terminating a pregnancy.
It is definitely a gray area, and I am not sure where I stand. While it is not okay to withhold information from parents about their unborn baby, I also have a hard time opposing it. Why? If it means that little life is saved on a technicality, then it is worth it.