Editorial Calls Veto of Dense Breast Tissue Bill ‘Infuriating’
A San Jose Mercury News editorial states that it was "infuriating" to see Gov. Jerry Brown (D) veto a bill (SB 791) -- by Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) -- that would have required mammogram providers to inform women if they have dense breast tissue, which can mask or mimic cancer. According to the editorial, Brown explained in his veto statement that he "he objected to the notification suggesting women talk to their physicians about further screening." The editorial adds, "If women learn mammograms aren't effective for them, they'd be crazy not to ask about alternatives." The editorial suggests that Simitian resubmit the bill "minus the offending suggestion to consult doctors" when the Legislature reconvenes, noting that it already received "broad bipartisan support."
- "Brown's Veto of Mammogram Disclosure Is Outrageous" (San Jose Mercury News, 10/13).