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Tennessee Abortion Bill Would Make Abortion Providers' Names Public

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Tennessee Abortion Bill Would Make Abortion Providers' Names Public

Post by Stovepipe on 2012-03-19, 10:34 pm

Tennessee Abortion Bill Would Make Abortion Providers' Names Public

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/19/tennessee-abortion-bill_n_1363410.html

A new bill moving through the Tennessee House of Representatives would require the state to publish the names of each doctor who performs an abortion and detailed statistics about the woman having the procedure, which opponents worry will spur anti-abortion violence in the state.

The Life Defense Act of 2012, sponsored by state Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesboro), mandates that the Tennessee Department of Health make detailed demographic information about every woman who has an abortion available to the public, including her age, race, county, marital status, education level, number of children, the location of the procedure and how many times she has been pregnant. Each report would also have to include the name of the doctor who performed the procedure.

Several health organizations, including the Tennessee Medical Association and Planned Parenthood, are concerned that the bill will make doctors and women vulnerable to attacks, especially considering the murder of Dr. George Tiller, a Kansas abortion provider, by an anti-abortion activist in 2009.

"We live in an environment where there is a lot of violence against abortion providers, clinics, and clinic staff," said Jeff Teague, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Middle and Eastern Tennessee. "We've had physicians who provide abortion care murdered in the past few years. This is an attempt to intimidate physicians who provide abortion care and the women who seek abortions and to terrorize them."

Rep. Gary Odom (D-Nashville) called the bill "very dangerous," and said the Republicans who voted it out of a House subcommittee offered "no explanation as to why this was something that needed to be done."

"It puts a target on women's and physicians' backs," he told HuffPost. "I think it's a very dangerous piece of legislation and serves no purpose I can tell other than trying to intimidate women and physicians."

Hill, the bill's sponsor, did not respond to a request for comment. Nor did Tennessee Right To Life, the anti-abortion group that first suggested the bill to conservative state lawmakers. But at a subcommittee hearing on the bill earlier this month, Hill said, "I think it's fair for folks on both sides to see how prevalent abortion is in our counties and in our communities."

The House Health and Human Resources Committee is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday, and Odom said he expects it to pass in the GOP-dominated House. It will then move to the state Senate, where Republicans are also in the majority.
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Post by John1122 on 2012-03-19, 10:53 pm

Seems like that would violate the hell out of Hippa laws.

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Post by Homemommy on 2012-03-20, 9:13 am

Yeah, that's real smart. Let's publish the names of the doctors who perform abortions so that the anti-abortion people who claim to be against murder can stalk and harrass and end up bombing said doctors. facepalm

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Post by Stovepipe on 2012-03-20, 9:25 am

Homemommy wrote:Yeah, that's real smart. Let's publish the names of the doctors who perform abortions so that the anti-abortion people who claim to be against murder can stalk and harrass and end up bombing said doctors. facepalm

Not to mention the personal details of the women. This will bring the crazy nutbags out of the wood work and the last thing we need is a repeat of this:

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/jul/27/church-shooting-leaves-several-injured/

WTF is wrong with our state? This is embarrassing and dangerous.
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Post by Kim0129 on 2012-03-31, 10:11 am

A woman who has an abortion and the doctor who performs the procedure are murderers, then what does that make person who kills the woman, her doctor, and innocent bystanders? A CRAZY MURDERING HYPOCRITE!!! I wish these nuts would go crawl back under whatever rock they came from.

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