Docs Protest Texas 'Gag Order' On Abortion Discussions

Law360, New York (August 7, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT) -- The Texas Medical Association on Friday challenged the state health department's proposed rules aimed at limiting abortion counseling, saying they could compromise medical judgment and would be a “gag order” on physicians that would lead many to not participate in a state-run women's health program.

The association, along with state and national obstetrician and gynecologist associations and Texas family and pediatric doctors groups, said the department's proposed rules prevent doctors from discussing or answering direct questions about abortion with any patient, even those not covered under...
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