Many states have passed abortion-related ‘Informed Consent’ laws which require that a woman seeking an abortion receive a state-authored informational packet before her abortion procedure can be performed.
Only the states in orange have mandated and produced written informed consent to abortion materials. White states have no such materials to evaluate. Please note that Kentucky and Mississippi were not included in our recently published article, but have been evaluated since the research for that article was completed.
WE HAD THREE MAJOR FINDINGS
NEARLY 1 IN 3 STATEMENTS ABOUT EMBRYOLOGICAL/FETAL DEVELOPMENT WAS MEDICALLY INACCURATE
31% of all information about embryological/fetal development in state-mandated informed consent to abortion mateirals was ‘medically inaccurate’
Led by Prof. Cynthia Daniels of Rutgers University, we assembled a panel of experts to assess medical accuracy of information about embryological/fetal development in state-mandated consent to abortion informed consent materials.
See which states had the best and worst scores, and access our lists of ‘medically inaccurate’ information about embryological/fetal development in state-mandated informed consent to abortion materials.
We developed a scale that allowed our panel of experts to rate statements from state-mandated informed consent to abortion materials for both whether they were ‘true or false’ and whether they were ‘misleading or non-misleading’. The results were then compiled into a single measure of medical accuracy. Any statement scoring an average of three or more on either five-point scale was marked as ‘medically inaccurate’. The following is a screenshot from our survey instrument that captures our two scales.
In this example from Georgia, the informed consent materials state that at 8 weeks, “reflex activities begin as the brain and nervous system develop”. Our panel of medical experts deemed this to be ‘medically inaccurate‘.
According to this Informed Consent booklet, ‘in the brain there may be electrical waves, and occasionally, the embryo moves, although the woman doesn’t feel it.’ Our panel of experts found this to be ‘medically inaccurate‘.