WCMS STANDS AGAINST HOUSE BILL 465: “Clarify & Modify Certain Abortion Laws”
April 30, 2015
The Western Carolina Medical Society opposes HB 465. The bill is a direct assault on patient access to care, patient safety, patient privacy, and physician training.
HB 465 will result in substandard safety of patients in North Carolina. HB 465 imposes significant limitations on the training of physicians in the State of North Carolina. For example, “No department at the medical school at East Carolina University or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shall permit an employee to perform or supervise the performance of an abortion as part of the employee's official duties” and “No State facility created, owned, controlled, or managed by The University of North Carolina Health Care System may be used for the performance of abortions.” Such restrictions on performing abortions will result in substandard training of medical providers, which in turn will result in the substandard safety of patients. Furthermore, the ability of OB-GYNs to perform such procedures is required by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American College of Graduate Medical Education, and the Residency Review Committee (RRC) for OB-GYN physician training. Lack of substantial training opportunities in residency programs will result in UNC Medical School accreditation sanctions and probation for non-compliance with the RRC.
HB 465 will significantly limit access to care for patients in North Carolina. Only OB-GYNs are allowed to perform abortions. The technical procedure for abortion (D&C) is already being safely performed by family practitioners and surgeons, so the procedure should not be limited to OB-GYNs only. There are no medical or patient safety reasons to now limit the scope of practice to OB-GYNs. Limiting who can perform the procedure places undue restrictions on patient access to care.
HB 465 represents an intrusion of Government into the privacy of the patient and the physician-patient relationship. Physicians or a qualified professional are mandated to explain by phone or in person to the patient at least 72 hours prior to the abortion a long list of alternative services that may or may not be available to the woman should she opt to keep her baby. Government intrusions into the exam room are an attack on patient privacy and freedom, and erode the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship.
HB 465 will harm patient safety, patient access to care, patient privacy and physician training. We are asking physicians across Western North Carolina speak up loud and clear and urge their representatives to reject HB 465. See http://www.mywcms.org/legislative/elected-officials for a contact list NC General Assembly Representatives.
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