The principle of "informed consent" is well established in American law and life. Whether preparing to undergo surgery or take out a loan, consumers have a right to full disclosure of the risks and consequences associated with the transaction. Only after the consumer has reviewed such information and been informed of the relevant facts can he be deemed to have given his consent to proceed.- Ken Connor from Town Hall Daily
Surely, we should have "informed consent" for every medical procedure in Canadian hospitals and clinics; however this 'given' is waived in the case of abortion. And no one seems to object to that.
Here, in Halifax, where abortions are performed in the Victoria General Hospital in a ward that has no name on the door, women and girls (many young girls) undergo blood tests, ultrasounds, and then suction aspiration abortions without true informed consent. Not only are they not made fully aware of the procedure and possible consequences, they are not even told who does the abortion or who assists in it. Doctors and nurses do not wear name tags, so I am told by a woman who had an abortion at the VG five years ago.
After World War II, many countries agreed to have a Nuremburg agreement, in which they stated that no medical procedure should be used on human beings without having been tested previously on animals. Guess which procedure has never been tested on animals? Suction aspiration abortion - the method used to perform abortions on fetuses from 6-14 weeks gestation. This procedure accounts for 95% of all abortions. Once again, medical wisdom is waived in the case of abortion.
Would you have a dental procedure without wanting to know who the dentist was? Would you have your eyes examined without knowing the name of the optician or optometrist? Would you have a physical examination without knowing the name of the doctor who was taking your blood pressure, listening to your heart, and taking a pap smear? I don't think so. So why would women have an abortion without knowing who was doing it?
They are scared, they are desperate, they can't think beyond the moment. They can't even imagine that something will go wrong and that they might need to return for treatment and then they would want to know who performed the procedure. And the abortion industry benefits from this; they don't fear a woman suing the doctor for malpractice, they don't fear someone hunting down the doctor to explain why things went wrong or why they find themselves infertile a few years later when they "want a baby".
The anonymity of the abortion business in Canada must be removed. Women should be told who the doctor is, and they should also be clearly told the risks of abortion, the possibility of infection, the risk of possible infertility later, the increased risk of subsequent premature births which bring a host of problems with them. And these facts should be explained to women clearly, not on the morning of their abortion, but a week or at least a few days prior, so that they can think them over before proceeding. Abortion is a can't-undo procedure; there is no reverse key for this act; once done, you have to live with it and the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual consequences.
Women have the right to know what those consequences may be and then they will have fully informed consent. Better information always leads to better choices. And abortion is never the best choice for either the mom or the baby.