Proposed Tennessee Law Would ID Abortion Providers, Give Patient Information

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.


[HT: Jezebel]

16 Responses to "Proposed Tennessee Law Would ID Abortion Providers, Give Patient Information"
marymccurnin | Monday March 19, 2012 05:39 pm 1

Unf’ingbelievable. Does having a black president activate and invigorate “teh stupid” in rednecks across the country?

marymccurnin | Monday March 19, 2012 05:40 pm 2

or there is this theory-
If you control women, you control the culture.

eCAHNomics | Monday March 19, 2012 06:41 pm 3

Isn’t there some law about privacy of medical records?

Oh wait…

judybrowni | Monday March 19, 2012 06:50 pm 4

You’re expecting the Tennessee legislature to have “a lick of sense?”

Good luck with that.

frmrirprsn | Monday March 19, 2012 06:50 pm 5
In response to marymccurnin @ 1

No. Having a president without even a vestige of a spine creates a vacuum that these people fill.

eCAHNomics | Monday March 19, 2012 07:01 pm 6
In response to judybrowni @ 4

Is there a Molly Ivins type in Tennessee who can write about the Tenn legie in the same critical but howlingly funny way that Molly wrote about the TX legie? I really miss Molly. She could brighten your day no matter how dire the political circumstances were. Neither Stewart nor Colbert can fill her shoes. Prolly overexposure on their parts, they veer toward the sarcastic & bitter end of the humor spectrum, whereas Molly maintained a sense of equilibrium. I’m not sure how often she wrote, but I think it might have been a column or two/week, which gave her more time to add perspective.

AitchD | Monday March 19, 2012 07:09 pm 7

Republican Rep. Matthew Hill’s Sermon on the Mons

judybrowni | Monday March 19, 2012 07:26 pm 8

I haven’t been to Tennessee in 50 years — deliberately. That was plenty.

But I doubt any daily newspaper would employ a Molly Ivins.

eCAHNomics | Monday March 19, 2012 07:27 pm 9
In response to judybrowni @ 8

That’s what amazed me about Molly. She could still get published.

oldgold | Monday March 19, 2012 07:32 pm 10

The Taylor Act, enacted in 1922 by the Tennessee Legislature, prohited the teaching of evolution. It led to the famous Scopes Monkey Trial. Despite Clarence Darrow’s spectacular representation of Scopes, he was found guilty by the jury.

It seems not much has changed in the Volunteer State.

eCAHNomics | Monday March 19, 2012 07:52 pm 11
In response to oldgold @ 10

Scopes was found guilty, but the verdict was overturned on a technicality and he went free. The trial drew intense national publicity, as national reporters flocked to the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, to cover the big-name lawyers representing each side. William Jennings Bryan, three-time presidential candidate for the Democrats, argued for the prosecution, while Clarence Darrow, the famed defense attorney, spoke for Scopes. The trial saw modernists, who said religion was consistent with evolution, against fundamentalists who said the word of God as revealed in the Bible took priority over all human knowledge. The trial was thus both a theological contest, and a trial on the veracity of modern science regarding the creation-evolution controversy. The teaching of evolution expanded, as fundamentalist efforts to use state laws to reverse the trend had failed in the court of public opinion.[2]

from wiki. My bold.

oldgold | Monday March 19, 2012 08:28 pm 12

Speaking of the notorious Scopes Monkey Trial, perhaps these latter day Bible thumpers in the Tenessee legislature might consider Proverbs 11:29.

He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

wsmoke | Monday March 19, 2012 08:58 pm 13

Not trying to make anyone feel bad about themselves but, if this is a picture of a repub woman I think I know what the problem is. This woman has a truck in front which seems to mean she is transgender. And we thought the repubs didn’t like lgbt’s. Me thinks there’s more going on in the dark than they will admit.

gramps409 | Monday March 19, 2012 09:23 pm 14

Hmmm, who does this remind me of? What’s next from the party of small government? Tattoos?

litvak36 | Tuesday March 20, 2012 04:35 am 15

If enacted into law this would certainly be thrown out by the Federal Courts as a violation of the Federal HIPPA statute which protects patients privacy.

Arkinsaw | Tuesday March 20, 2012 07:04 am 16

Why are the doctors who treat women not speaking out? Why are they accepting laws that force them to lie to women? When will they get off their assess and speak up?

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