I respectfully disagree, Purple Sage. I think if a patient has indicated that he or she doesn't want to know the intimate details of a surgery or procedure, then medical staff should be able to non-disclose beyond basic information. to me, limiting information on request about the details shows respect for the patient's needs. I do consider abortion to be a medical procedure, so that may affect my pov of course. I just think there is a big difference between saying to a client 'Yep, there's the uterus, there is the embryo-fetus, & i estimate that the pregnancy is around X weeks in duration' as opposed to 'look at the little arms, you can almost see the fingers forming & wow, look at that heartbeat!'. The first statement is clinical, the second statement is emotional. In my opinion, patients deserve clear clinical information. The emotional stuff they are perfectly capable of working out according to their own personal needs when it comes to elective procedures. They don't need someone to tell them what they should feel or see.
I hope that doesn't sound harsh, I don't mean it to be. And I am somewhat confused by the distinctions between the two OK laws. I guess I just don't like to see any patient coerced, emotionally or otherwise, into a decision that they don't agree with.
Informed consent is very tricky territory.
With respect to all.....