Bad Medicine

Across the country, politicians are playing doctor — pushing for laws that intrude into exam rooms and conflict with professional and ethical standards of medical care. But this is no game. The laws they are passing put politicians’ words into the mouths of health care providers, prohibit providers from communicating important health information, mandate medically unnecessary procedures or outdated modes of care and much more.

Below are resources for advocates, legislators, health care providers and others that show how political interference impacts multiple areas of care — abortion care in particular — and offer strategies for fighting back.

For more information, please contact Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Vice President for Reproductive Health Programs.

Bad Medicine: Louisiana Issue Brief
By the National Partnership for Women & Families
This short issue brief highlights abortion restrictions in Louisiana that bear no relationship to medical standards; undermine health care providers’ efforts to provide the highest quality, patient-centered care; and take decision-making away from women.

Bad Medicine: Texas Edition
By the National Partnership for Women & Families
This Texas-specific report details how anti-abortion lawmakers in the state are undermining quality abortion care by interfering in the patient-provider relationship and advancing an ideological agenda that flouts medical evidence and scientific integrity.

Bad Medicine: How a Political Agenda is Undermining Women’s Health Care (Second Edition)
By the National Partnership for Women & Families
This report highlights how anti-abortion lawmakers in a majority of states have enacted laws that put ideology above women’s health care, contradict evidence-based practices and undermine the high-quality, patient-centered care that health care providers strive to achieve.

Politics in the Exam Room: A Growing Threat
By the National Partnership for Women & Families, National Physicians Alliance, National Resources Defense Council and Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
This report highlights three areas where political agendas have intruded into exam rooms in harmful ways: the clinical management of toxic exposures, reproductive health and gun safety.

Changing the Conversation on Abortion Restrictions: A Proactive Response to Political Interference in Health Care
By the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Center for American Progress
This issue brief discusses the potential of the Patient Trust Act as a proactive policy effort to counter legislative interference in health care and protect both providers and patients, including women seeking abortion care.

The Patient Trust Act or You Can't Force a Doctor to Lie
This document includes model legislation to combat political interference in the exam room.

The Act to Restore Informed Consent or Abortion with Dignity Act
This document includes model legislation to combat political interference in health care by empowering the patient in the informed consent process.