Carmelina Pérez, a Honduran woman living in El Salvador, was sentenced to 30 years in prison in July 2014 after suffering what appeared to be a miscarriage. But last week, she was acquitted of all charges, setting a possible new precedent in the fight for reproductive justice in El Salvador.
A bill to guarantee patients a right to get honest medical information and judgment from their doctors is being sponsored by Alabama Senator Linda Coleman. It was introduced only yesterday but has already been used as an amendement to an extreme anti-choice bill in Wisconsin.
Much like a similar law passed in Oklahoma, the Arizona version would completely destroy any faith in the doctor-patient relationship.
Wisconsin SB 306 will greatly impede the continuity of care and put up obstacles between a woman and her primary care physician. It is an unacceptable intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship because, among other things, it requires abortion providers to give patients inaccurate post-procedure instructions.
Dr. Eleanor Drey, an OBGYN from California, says that Proposition 4 would place the duties of police and detectives in the hands of doctors, jeopardizing the crucial doctor-patient relationship.
The Supreme Court first established this right to privacy more than a century ago, and most Americans take it for granted every time they visit a doctor. Yet today I find myself having to defend this right on behalf of my patients.
The Eighth Circuit has lifted a preliminary injunction against a South Dakota law that requires doctors to inform patients seeking abortion care that that abortion would “terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.”