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Several years ago, the American Medical Association advised doctors to ask their patients about firearms and “educate patients to the dangers of firearms to children” in the name of public health. But doctors in Florida may be suppressed from giving this medical advice, now that a federal appeals court upheld a Florida law that became known as the “physician gag rule” because it punishes doctors for talking about guns.

The ruling could have major implications as policymakers examine gun violence as a public health issue. The National Rifle Association-backed law it upheld imposes severe limits on when doctors can ask their patients about guns or keep records in their patients’ charts about firearm safety. Doctors who are found to have violated the provision risk sanctions or loss of their license.

At least ten medical associations and the American Bar Association argued that the law should be struck down because doctors must be able to discuss safety topics freely in engaging in preventive care.

Continue reading:  http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/07/29/3464945/court-upholds-florida-law-that-punishes-doctors-for-talking-about-guns/

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7 thoughts on “Court Upholds Florida Law That Punishes Doctors For Talking About Guns

    • Authoritarian ideologies are committed to no ethical, moral, or societal principle. They are solely committed to advancing their agenda… whatever that happens to be at any given moment.

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  1. Treating gun violence as a public health issue is completely proper given the amount of people who are killed, including accidentally, by guns every year. For the NRA to have the power to prevent the medical community (researchers and doctors) from doing its job is insane.

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  2. Reblogged this on Illuminate and commented:

    Tanya’s Comment: Treating gun violence as a public health issue is completely proper given the amount of people who are killed, including accidentally, by guns every year. For the NRA to have the power to prevent the medical community (researchers and doctors) from doing its job is insane.

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  3. This of course makes perfect sense. We have for some time now been establishing the freedoms of corporations. This is only one more small part; the freedom from criticism for gun manufactures. Soon liquor companies will get a law preventing doctors from talking to patients about liver disease. Fast food companies will make discussions of nutritions verboten. Companies that use refined sugar will squelch talk of diabetes. And not too long from now the Obamacare problem will be solved because there just won’t be any need for doctors. But just so Big Pharma is not harmed, you will be allowed to buy all drugs (if you can afford them) without a doctor’s needless intervention. (Except pot of course.)

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