State-Run Women’s Health Program Faces Questions

The Texas TribuneAugust 16, 2012Articles

The Texas Tribune writes:

Earlier this month, the state’s largest physician groups entered the fray by voicing vehement opposition to a proposed rule that would prohibit Women’s Health Program providers from discussing abortion with their patients. The Texas Medical Association characterized the rule, which must be considered at a public hearing before it’s approved, as a “gag order,” and said it endangered physicians’ relationships with their patients.

Following a letter from several medical groups to Perry and state budget writers, state Rep. Sarah Davis, R-Houston and a breast cancer survivor, joined the chorus. “I believe in the sacred nature of the doctor-patient relationship, so I cannot and will not sit back if I think there are rules that are going to jeopardize that relationship,” she said on Wednesday.

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