Committee members, it appears, believe it should be up to the doctor to decide if a pregnant woman should know she’s carrying a fetus with severe disabilities — especially if the doctor suspects she’ll have an abortion if she finds out.
If passed, the law would make it impossible for Texans to sue a doctor for intentionally withholding this kind of information about a fetus’ health.
“It shouldn’t be the policy for the state of Texas to excuse doctors from lying to their patients,” said Blake Rocap, policy advisor for NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, in his testimony before the committee. “That’s what this bill does.”
Supporters testified that Senate Bill 25 would protect doctor’s rights and show respect to disabled children. Opponents said that disability rights argument is hollow, and simply a veiled attempt to undermine the basic liberties of Texas women.