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Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D-Ames) said when she’s uncomfortable with something a physician has recommended, she seeks out a second opinion from a physician.

“I don’t go to the legislature,” she said. “I don’t come here and say, ‘say, I wonder how I should treat my medical condition.’ And that’s what we’re doing here. I’m not a medical doctor, I do play one here often, but I’m not.”

She then blasted the legislation.

“This bill essentially is requiring, in my opinion, a physician to lie to their patient,” Wessel-Kroeschell said. “We’ve gone real low in this legislature. We’ve gotten really low. And this is pathetic. I’ve been on a lot of these committees, but to ask a physician to lie to his patients goes beyond reproach.”

Author: Jacob Hall


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