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New Arizona Law Strengthens Informed Consent for Abortions

A new Arizona law requires abortion clinics to provide women with informed consent of the dangers of abortion before getting the procedure, as well as requiring parental consent for minors, giving women respect by ensuring that the risks of abortion are as informed as any other surgical procedure.

The law, signed July 13, 2009, states that the woman getting the abortion be told 24 hours in advance about the immediate and long-term medical risks associated with the procedure that a “reasonable patient” would consider material to the decision of whether or not to undergo the abortion. The immediate consequences include: hemorrhage, infection, anesthesia complications and pain.  Ectopic pregnancy, uterine or cervical damage, depression and problems with future pregnancies are among the long-term risks.  A detailed description of the risks and procedures can be found at Option Line pregnancy centers at www.optionline.org.

Certain provisions of the law were struck down Sept. 29 by Superior Court Judge Donald Daughton. However, most of the law remains. For example, those receiving an abortion under age 18 need parental consent.

Gestational Age and Other Characteristics

The law also requires that the woman be told of the gestational age of the unborn child, its anatomical and physiological characteristics. Mayo clinic offers medically accurate information. The woman is also to be told of any medical assistance benefits available for prenatal, childbirth and neonatal care.

A new study published in the International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction has found that the relationship between women and their partners and the level of support provided by the fathers are important factors in whether or not the woman aborts. In addition, the Elliot Institute, at www.afterabortion.org/elliot.html, studies women who feel they were coerced into an abortion. Social pressures can also play a role in compelling a woman to abort.

The new Arizona law states that it is unlawful “for any person to coerce a woman” to undergo an abortion. The law also removes wiggle room on the part of fathers who refuse to support their children. It states that he is “liable to assist in the support of the child even if he has offered to pay for the abortion.”  An Elliot Institute study found that the father’s role effects women’s abortion decision.  The institute also offers many studies on the physical and psychological risk of abortion.

Women in Phoenix, AZ, as well as Peoria, Glendale, Tempe, Mesa, Avondale and other cities can learn more about their legal rights regarding abortion by calling Life Choices Women’s Clinics at 602-305-5100. Or go to www.lcwcaz.org.…

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Cosmetic Dentistry Vs. General Dentistry

Most of us never think about the various titles dental providers use. We never stop to consider which practitioner best suits our specific needs. I would like to take a moment to share some of the major differences, and how they might affect us, the patient.

General dentistry offers the common services required by a family dental practice. They provide services like cleaning, cavity checks, and general monitoring for possible problems that might other wise go undetected. You should see your general dental practitioner every six months just as you would visit your family doctor for a periodic health exam. The health of your mouth can affect your overall physical health so take care not to neglect this vital area.

While the general dental provider monitors your overall oral health, cosmetic dentist is the specialist in dealing with specific dental issues. They are specialists in the aesthetics of oral health. The family dentist often refers their patients to a cosmetic provider, if specialized dentistry is required.

What kind of dental issues would require the service of a cosmetic dentist? There are several procedures provided by a cosmetic dentist which are often taken for granted. There was a time in the not too distant past when we had very few options for corrective dentistry. If the teeth are yellow, chipped, decayed, or just ill shaped a cosmetic dentist can create that Hollywood Smile everyone would love to have.

There are many benefits of cosmetic dentistry that borders on miraculous. Veneers can cover chipped, yellow, an ill shaped teeth with a porcelain material that will stay beautiful for many years. Veneers can be fitted and bonded within a few visits.

Whiting teeth are another procedure offered by cosmetic dentists. Though this procedure can be performed in a family dentist’s office, a cosmetic dentist often offers laser treatments which can give you that white Hollywood Smile most of us want. There are times when veneers are not the solution to your oral health issues. The cosmetic dentist can perform other procedures that may meet your needs just as well. Let’s say your teeth are weak due to cavities or an accidental injury. Cosmetic dentists can replace the missing teeth with bridges or implants. Which process the dentist may use depends greatly on the extent of the damage to your permanent teeth. If only a few teeth are damaged, bridges could be the only repair required to restore the use of your teeth and the appearance of your smile.

If all your teeth are damaged or too weak to support bridges, implants may be the best procedure available. This procedure requires metal posts to be attached to your jaw and then porcelain teeth are attached to these posts. This process produces strong, attractive replacement teeth. Since porcelain is so durable, the implants will stay beautiful for years.

Braces are not just for kids anymore. Many orthodontists have used braces to straighten and align children’s teeth for years. Now, it has become common to see …