Aren’t Republicans all about the government staying out of our business? Oh wait, unless it’s our lady business, and then they can get all up in it.
In Tennessee, the latest invasion of Mount Venus, HB 3808 erroneously and laughably called the Life Defense Act of 2012, comes courtesy of Republican Rep. Matthew Hill. The bill has 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 is a waste of government time and newspaper ink, which Hill, the bill’s sponsor, admits:
The Department of Health already collects all of the data, but they don’t publish it. All we’re asking is that the data they already collect be made public.
Along with publishing the names of doctors, including obstetricians who perform abortion procedures during emergencies or miscarriages, the bill would also require the publication of data — including the age, race, education and number of children — of women who receive abortions, as well as their county of residence. Along with putting doctors at risk from radical “pro-life” activists, the information could be used, claim the bill’s opponents, to reveal
the identities of some women who receive abortions, particularly in small, rural communities.
The bill is clearly designed to intimidate doctors and patients. And hopefully, if Tennessee legislators have a lick of sense, they will veto it. And come next election cycle, Tennessee voters just might tell Rep Hill to head for the hills.