Government should not be party to healthcare decisions. The patient, presumably, has a doctor who depends on other healthcare professionals to provide assessment data and research to determine options for treatment based on that patient’s medical tests. Those fortunate enough to have insurance may have to navigate coverage and the financial impact of treatment. Some patients may choose to seek counsel from family, friends, and spiritual advisors. I resist the idea that government officials with little or no training, who do not know the circumstances of the patient, and presumably do not have access to private medical records should have input into those healthcare options or the final decision.
The Supreme Court recently overturned Roe v Wade, placing all pregnant people and their healthcare providers in danger of being criminalized for seeking healthcare–and abortion is healthcare. The Court’s argument is that this is a state issue. With a change in the Legislature, Arizona can codify the healthcare access to all pregnant people and protect their healthcare teams to save lives and treat all with compassion, dignity, and body autonomy.