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The “Let Women Die” Act

I just read a very interesting article about a bill which passed recently which has been called the “Let Women Die” act by its opponents. It is H.R. 358 and was passed thanks to a vote of 251 to 172. Among other things, it overrides certain protections pregnant women had under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. This means that when a woman is facing a life-threatening pregnancy, a hospital is no longer required to treat her by means such as an emergency abortion. Often times an emergency abortion is necessary for the woman to survive, so many against the bill consider it an assault on both the rights and lives of women.

The author of the article is noticeably against the bill. This is where it can be tricky, because there might be more to the bill than she lets on. Despite that, I’m curious what opinions you guys might have on the article. I think this topic is very relevant, because it deals with both women’s rights and patients’ rights. I’m not looking to start a political debate, but I’m just curious about what people might think about the purpose and contents of this bill from a scientific perspective.

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  1. October 17, 2011 at 1:23 am

    I have heard about this. It allows federally funded hospitals would not be required to preform abortions, even if it is necessary to save a women’s life. It would also deny federal funding to all insurance companies that cover abortion. It is meant to stop all taxpayer money from going to abortions, however it would make it so that women may die rather than getting the care that they need, being the first law restricting coverage.
    This is what happens in other countries that have outlawed abortion Rather than terminate the pregnancy they allow both baby and mother to die, when the mother could have been saved. No matter ones political stance life saving measures should always be taken when it comes to patient care. How patients are treated should be decided by the doctors in the hospital next to the patient, not a politician here in D.C. pushing their agenda.

  2. October 17, 2011 at 2:37 am

    This is not just an issue about patient’s rights its also about abortion. I would not consider myself a feminist and am not looking to push a political agenda here, but I feel like it should be the patient’s choice. If you look at the congressmen who pushed to have this law passed, they are all men, not one of them is a woman. This is by far an issue that is more relevant to women and I believe that women should also get a say in this law. I would also like to point out that this has happened during breast cancer month, how ironic. Another ironic point is that the act is actually called the “Protect Life Act.” Wow seriously this is messed up. Pro-life politicians argue that an unborn baby is still a human being. So instead of trading one life for another they will by their ideals, allow 2 humans to die? I wonder what a breast cancer survivor’s opinion would be on this topic?

  3. October 17, 2011 at 2:56 am

    During my days as an EMT in New Jersey, I had the privilege of attending the presentation of a man whose story had inspired my own involvement in emergency medicine. Having served as a paramedic for over 10 years, his license was permanently revoked by state legislators after he was unjustly found guilty of medical malpractice.

    In the late 1990s, he and his partner were dispatched to the home of a pregnant woman who had suffered a heart attack and subsequently entered cardiac arrest. After failing to revive the patient after several minutes of CPR, the responders came to the conclusion that the life of the child could still be saved. Accordingly, they preformed the first ever documented emergency cesarean section in the back of an ambulance.

    Despite having no access to proper surgical equipment, the paramedics – neither of which had experience with such a complex operation – successfully delivered the full-term baby girl.

    While receiving praise throughout the community for having carried out an unprecedented medical miracle, the two professionals were immediately stripped of their right to practice medicine. According to officials, their actions breached the scope of practice of New Jersey emergency responders, who are not certified to preform surgical interventions under any condition.

    During his speech, the ex-paramedic reported that he was aware at the time that his decision to go ahead with the c-section would cost himself and his partner their treasured careers. He asserted, however, that he would make the exact same decision again if he had the opportunity.

    The debate surrounding H.R. 358, in my opinion, represents an identical ethical dilemma: should one life be willingly sacrificed in order to save another? While no two scenarios are the same, I believe that the moral compass proves the most reliable tool of any medical professional.

    Hospital workers, paramedics, and EMTs should strive to follow in the footsteps of the man and woman who saved the life of an innocent infant. No regulation – whether it be the bylaws of New Jersey paramedics or the national regulations imposed by H.R. 358 – should be allowed to stand in the way of simple human decency.

  4. October 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Despite being pro-life and an antifeminist, I do not support that law. Then again, I guess it does make sense. Pro-Life does not mean anti-abortion. It simply means what it says it means.

    These “pro-life” politicians are not really pro-life. They are merely anti-abortion. There has to be a reason to be anti-abortion. Most, sane people would say that the baby has a life as well. But then, these guys want to kill both the mother and the child. Disgusting.

    If these anti-abortion folks support life so much, why don’t they want to allow the hospitals to perform emergency abortions to save the life of the mother?

    Perhaps there is a religious reason for passing that law, masked by … they don’t even have a mask.

    Well, we can sit here and complain about it, or we can do something about it. Any ideas guys?

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