The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Friday, February 25, 2005
Another anti-abortion angle to watch
The watchword is collateral. Anti-abortionists' strategy for some time has been to leave a frontal assault on Roe v Wade on the back-burner - since they don't have the numbers among the Supremes (yet) - and seek to undermine and hem in the legal basis and exercisability of abortion rights.
Hence partial abortion laws, Laci and Conner's Act, etc, etc.
Another tool in the box involves fanatics in law enforcement demanding the medical records of those who seek abortions, or advice about abortions. An excellent deterrent to a woman in need of such treatment or advice, the thought that, a year from now, her most intimate details might be causing giggles around DA's offices and precinct-houses.
Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline is demanding that two abortion clinics turn over the names, sexual histories and medical records of 90 women who received late-term abortions.
The Justice Department was balked by the Federal judiciary from doing much the same thing last year (the Seventh Circuit case (PDF) of Northwestern Memorial Hospital v Ashcroft) - though some abortion providers chose to hand over the documents demanded.
(If you were a potential client, you'd really want a list of those providers, I'm thinking!)
Who is Phill Kline? The most cursory search - all I'm prepared to give him for the moment - produces a fistful of juicy leads. In no particular order,
That's enough Kline. Ed
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