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Donda West Law

California Assemblywoman Proposes "Donda West Law"

Though the current campaign-frenzy pushes other political happenings off the media map sometimes, lawmakers everywhere are still up, kicking, and proposing legislation. One of the latest bills just proposed in California is being called "The Donda West Law" and was inspired by the November death of Kanye West's mother after a cosmetic surgery procedure.

Proposed by California Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter, the law would require patients to have medical clearance before undergoing elective cosmetic surgery. A source close to the family says that Kanye supports the legislation.

Not everyone, however, thinks this legislation is the answer to the problem — commentary is surfacing criticizing the need to legislate what some think should be governed by prudent common sense.

What do you think? Is the "Donda West Law" a prudent step or government run amuck?


wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
More pointless, inane legislation. Umm, how are is this legislator proposing that plastic Surgeon enforce this ridiculous law? How are the Plastic Surgeons suppose to know whether a patient went "doctor shopping" to find a doctor who would for a buck give clearance for a procedure? This law holds the wrong person accountable for someone else's stupidity. Donda West went "doctor shopping". She went out to find a Plastic Surgeon who would see only her desire and ability to pay for surgery and who took HER WORD that she was physically healthy enough to have the surgery. She gambled, she lost. Complications are an inherent risk of living, let alone any surgery. You cannot legislate people taking risks with their lives out of existence and you cannot and should not blame others when the person suffers the consequences of taking a bad risk. I this becomes law will Cardiologists also be held accountable for patients in need of heart bypass who are ill and taking a risk to have their ailing heart repaired? There ought to be an "eject the idiot" button and chair under every legislator who proposes inane laws.
spitfire2 spitfire2 9 years
Berlin That goes with anything though..if you're (not YOU, but Generally speaking) stupid enough to lie about something that is pertaining to your life and could be life threatening, then you don't really care too much for it to begin with. Just like when you're supposed to be NPO before a procedure (nothing by mouth) and if you eat breakfast that morning then lie about it, and then you die because you choked, then that's the person's own fault. Nurses and Doctors are not mind readers or fortune tellers (I'm a nurse BTW)...Donda had already been turned down for that procedure by another doctor, she was shopping around until she found someone that would do it..she was playing with her life and she lost.
spitfire2 spitfire2 9 years
They are supposed to have medical's called having a competent doctor! She didn't have one.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Interesting, I had no idea that she had been previously turned away.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
I've had plastic surgery, and also a recent surgery on my chin/jaw. The latter I had to get a physical to clear me for surgery...went to a walk-in who basically checked me out in under 45 sec (no joke) and cleared me. Then another nurse came in and asked some questions to finalize, all which i could have easily altered answers to if i had wished...getting medical clearance isn't always an indicator of being ok for surgery!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
"But some (a minority) of doctors are looking to make as much money as possible and will accept patients without fully informing them of the risks" Unfortunately these people are out there. But these same people are not going to care one way or another about the law.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
That being said, I totally agree that if patients have been properly informed of the risks, doctors should not be held liable. But some (a minority) of doctors are looking to make as much money as possible and will accept patients without fully informing them of the risks. Those are the doctors who I think should be held legally liable.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Oops, I meant to say every pre-surgery test. Forgot a word!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Donda West was turned away by other doctors, but other patients might not be. There is a possibility that a patient who is not medically sound could be accepted by the first doctor he/she sees. I have never had cosmetic surgery, but I have had other surgeries and I would have no way of ever knowing whether or not pre-surgery test was performed properly or performed at all, for that matter.
Cadet Cadet 9 years
"I just don't think if they choose to do it, and they have been informed about the risks, that the doctors should be held liable." Totally agree, cine!
cubadog cubadog 9 years
Donda West was tunred away by doctors because of her health. She knew she was taking a risk with her life but clearly did not take it seriously. Unfortunately, there will always be doctors and people that are willing to overlook their health or willing to take the money to perform elective surgery. There comes a point where you as a patient need to take repsonsibility for making a bad decision.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
P.S. I also think if the doctor performs it, he is an idiot.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I think the key phrase here is elective cosmetic surgery. What if they don't pass some sort of physical and want the surgery anyway, LIKE Donda West? She was turned down by multiple people because she was a high risk patient. If they want the surgery they will find someone to operate. It is elective, it is their choice if they want to risk it. I just don't think if they choose to do it, and they have been informed about the risks, that the doctors should be held liable.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I felt the same way, j2e1n9 and bythesea. And (this may be the case with the new law), I think that plastic surgeons who perform operations on patients without medical clearance should have their licenses to practice medicine revoked and face criminal and civil consequences. Patients should use common sense, but a lot of people may think that if a doctor says its OK for them to undergo surgery, then it's ok.
bythesea bythesea 9 years
I agree j2e1n9, what's up with that?
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I'm just in shock that it isnt already required to have medical clearance beforehand?
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