Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tennessee Abortion Bill Would Make Doctors' Names Public & 'Out' Women Who Have Abortions

And the GOP War on Women never quits. What a freaking tyrannical state government Tennessee GOP lawmakers are striving for! If this nightmare bill (House Bill 3808) becomes law, some of the armed and dangerous gun nuts in this state, or in any other state, may well decide to kill some abortion doctors. The despicable lawmaker - Matthew Hill -responsible for this bill also hopes to publish enough information about Tennessee women who have abortions to make the identities of some women known:

Doctors who perform abortions in Tennessee could see their names listed online, and women who undergo the procedures could be unintentionally identified under a bill pending in the state legislature.

The Life Defense Act contains two parts. The first would require doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital near where they perform abortions, while the second would require the Department of Health to release more information on abortions, including the name of the doctor who performed the procedure and demographics about the women who receive them...

The bill would require the publication of data — including the age, race, education and number of children — of women who receive abortions. The Department of Health reports such information, but it aggregates the data by region, making it impossible for others to figure out who underwent an abortion procedure...the bill .. requires the Department of Health to release patient data broken down by county. Critics say that could reveal the identities of some women who receive abortions, particularly in small, rural communities.

LA Times: Tennessee abortion bill would require publishing names of doctors
Jezebel: Law That Gives Away Identities of Women Having Abortions Couldn’t Possibly Backfire
Think Progress: Tennessee Bill May Expose Identities Of Women Seeking Abortions
Firedoglake: Proposed Tennessee Law Would ID Abortion Providers, Give Patient Information
Alan Colmes: Tennessee Bill Would Identify Doctors Who Perform Abortions And Could Identify Women Who Have Them

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