In January, 2016, at the quarterly meeting and after serving on the Rules for Abortion Facilities sub-committee, I voted to change the language from "causing the death of the unborn child," "removing a dead unborn child" to the previous medical language, i.e. "termination of a pregnancy."
The Rules and Regulations for Abortion Facilities has been returned to the Board for approval to be sent for Public Comment with the same inflammatory language.
I object to the use of guilt-inducing, shaming and judgmental language in these state regulations. It is inhumane to use this language in the consent forms and the rules for these women who have made the difficult but constitutional decision to have an abortion. I do not think it is the State's role to guilt, take sides or judge a woman's decision.
It is important that the Arkansas Health Board use accepted neutral medical language in its Rules and Regulations. If not, I must vote against the rules just as I would object to the State's use of racist, sexist and/or other discriminatory language. Also, I would object to religious discrimination and would stand up for separation of church and state. Isn't it our job to be neutral on religious and stand up for the health of all persons.
Robbie Thomas-Knight, Ph.D is the Consumer Representative, appointed January 2014. She is a clinical psychologist in private practice for 30 years, and a recipient of numerous naitional and state awards for her advocacy of psychology and mental health awareness. She is a mother, wife, sister and daughter. She is an advocate for civil rights for all.