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“Right to Know” Facts, Not Misinformation

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by Cynthia R. Daniels and Karissa Haugeberg

Imagine a law requiring your doctor to give you misleading information about the health risks of a medical procedure. In Louisiana, this is a reality. State law requires physicians to give women seeking abortions inaccurate information about the development of embryos and misleading statements about the health risks of abortion.

Louisiana legislators have singled out abortion, one of the safest, most commonly performed surgical procedures, as the only procedure for which doctors must read prepared statements to their patients. This requirement was driven by politicians who wanted to prevent women from exercising their right to abortion and not by the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians, or by scientific evidence.

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