Tuesday, March 01, 2005

May this man be plagued with an inexplicable desire to hurl himself down stairs and itchiness of the nipples and perianal area.

Kansas City Attorney General Phill Kline is trying to force medical clinics to turn over the complete and unedited records (including addresses and psychological profiles) of women who've had late term abortions or abortions while they were under legal age for sexual activity, under the guise of enforcing laws about underage sex. And here's the kicker: the distric court judge (Dick Anderson) ruled he could have them! What. The. Fuck? Apparently, Kline was craftily attempting to keep his evil plan a secret, but lawyers for the clinics, upon being faced with the remarkable dickery of the distric judge Dick Anderson, were forced to file an appeal with the state high court. The briefs were obtained by The Witchita Eagle. Claiming Kline's goal is to stop underage sex is like claiming The Gates were saffron: only a completely blind assmonkey would believe that. This is about finding backdoors to stopping abortion (no pun was intended, but upon reflection, acknowledged.) If he wants to stop underage sex, why not go after records for treatment of STDs, a symptom of underage sex that's probably a little more common than abortions. Oh, right, because current law doesn't allow medical professionals to share medical records, even of children, unless they believe and are able to confirm there has been some form of abuse, and then they are legally obligated to do so. So that would make this abortion records hunt legal how? I suspect that, were one to be allowed access to the complete and unedited medical files of certain moralitymongering AGs, one would find evidence of various embarrassing STDs, like tertiary stage syphilis, rotting their fucking brains. Link via Maryann.


At 3/01/2005 04:38:00 PM, Blogger Sheron said...

That's obsurd. I cannot believe that he's been granted permission to view patient's supposedly confidential records. What a shame.

At 3/02/2005 11:31:00 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Stories like this make me sick. Bending the law to fit agendas at the cost of the public is nauseating.

At 3/03/2005 01:43:00 PM, Anonymous afrochelle said...

This law is almost as outrageous as the one that they tried to pass in VA requiring women who get pregnant and don't carry the baby to term to contact the police within 24 hours and "turn over the products of conception," or face up to a year in prison. According to that law I'd have either gone to jail for having a miscarriage and crying about it with my husband for a few days, or I would have had to call the police and have them come and pick up my bloody pads so that the police could weigh them. I don't mean to be crass but that's seriously what the law meant. I wrote a bunch of angry letters about this bill, which was supposed to protect babies from being abandoned in dumpsters or something, but was really another attack on abortion rights. It is supossedly being revised now. You should write a few letters about the NY law too. It certainly can't hurt.

At 3/03/2005 03:54:00 PM, Blogger callalillies said...

He must be a damned Republican. Seems like something the current administration would do - you know - sneak things in when no one is paying attention. This is the first I've heard of such nonsense. Where are all the women's libbers and feminist supporters? This sounds like an addendum to the Patriot Act, having the ability to spy on anyone and everyone for any and every reason . . . Sad.


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