Montana Senate committee considers ban on wrongful birth lawsuits

2013-03-11T17:45:00Z 2013-03-11T17:45:34Z Montana Senate committee considers ban on wrongful birth lawsuitsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 11, 2013 5:45 pm  • 

HELENA – A Senate panel is considering a bill that would prohibit the parents of children with genetic abnormalities from suing their doctors for withholding that information from them before birth.

House Bill 310 sponsored by Republican Rep. Cary Smith of Billings would prohibit lawsuits based on so-called wrongful life and wrongful birth claims.

Smith presented the bill to the Senate Public, Health, Welfare and Safety Committee on Monday.

Allen Smith of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association says health care professionals need to be held accountable and the measure would decrease standard of care for pregnant women.

Supporters of the bill say the measure doesn’t apply to medical negligence.

The committee didn’t take immediate action on the bill.

The measure already has passed the House.

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  1. thisplacestinks
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    thisplacestinks - March 12, 2013 1:59 pm
    If a doctor does not tell me about medical information about an unborn child, that doctor should be held accountable. Why would anyone, other than a doctor, favor this bill? So if a doctor doesn't tell me medical information about something that is happening to me, I have a way of getting justice, but the doctor doesn't need to tell me squat about "genetic" disorders that are happening to my baby? That makes no sense.
  2. TheArmadillo
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    TheArmadillo - March 12, 2013 1:32 pm
    A doctor who is looking to impose their personal beliefs on a patient who doesn't share them.

    Our legislature is determined to outlaw all abortions, regardless. Look at what they have done with the parental consent issue--they insist that parental rights are supreme UNLESS the parent wants their daughter to have an abortion, in which case criminal charges can be filed.
  3. dave ajou
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    dave ajou - March 12, 2013 12:28 pm
    Are they suggesting there is a problem with doctors actually having knowledge of genetic abnormalities, and not informing the parents ? What doctor would do that ?
  4. The_Boneshackler
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    The_Boneshackler - March 12, 2013 12:09 pm
    Do you really support allowing doctors to intentionally withhold cruicial information regarding the health or viability of a fetus based on their personal religious beliefs? That's just messed up. Republicans REALLY needs to stop inserting Big Government into women's vaginas.
  5. freedomortyranny
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    freedomortyranny - March 12, 2013 10:37 am
    They are probably thinking that the medical lawsuits in this country are out of hand. Maybe you would understand if someone at your work was continually looking over your shoulder, waiting for you to make a mistake so they could sue you. The sad fact is, life is not predictable or safe. Bad things happen. Why do we always look for someone to blame?
  6. Tracker
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    Tracker - March 11, 2013 9:10 pm
    This is abject madness. What are they thinking?
  7. Abonides
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    Abonides - March 11, 2013 7:24 pm
    Why are Republicans so determined to control everyone's life? The GOP has forgotten their roots and become the nanny party. Ridiculous. If we ever had moderates I might vote Republican again. Instead we get these hypocritical sociopaths.
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