Remember the law Florida tried to enact that would have prevented pediatricians from asking parents if they had guns in their homes, at the potential cost of a physician’s license?
There’s an even more odious law, in Pennsylvania, along those same lines. It would prevent doctors from discussing with their patients the possible hazards of fracking chemicals in drinking water.
The Atlantic has the details:
Under a new law, doctors in Pennsylvania can access information about chemicals used in natural gas extraction — but they won’t be able to share it with their patients. A provision buried in a law passed last month is drawing scrutiny from the public health and environmental community, who argue that it will “gag” doctors who want to raise concerns related to oil and gas extraction with the people they treat and the general public.
I’m curious about the potential of those chemicals to cause spontaneous abortions in pregnant women. So long as docs can’t tell early-term pregnant women who have wells in fracking areas not to drink the water, perhaps they should be forced to have transvaginal ultrasounds — just as a precaution.
Maybe they can get THAT ONE through in Virginia!
(h/t to Americablog).