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2012 Obama 2012/03/19 18:42:47
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First is was Rush Limbaugh attacking women as sluts.

Then Santorum and the Tea Party fools attacking birth control.

Then 100s of new laws from Republicans to limit the rights of women to getting abortion.

Now Tennessee Conservatives ants to invade the privacy of women by publicly reporting their medical treatments to deliberately target them for harassment as well as any Doctor that provides abortion services.

"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-Jonesborough), 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."

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

This is absolutely outrageous and is violation of the Federal HIPAA act which makes all medical records private unless authorized for release.

http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs8-med.htm

The Republican Conservatives keep claiming they are for small and less government intrusion and here they are intruding into the very private lives of women's health and medical decisions.

This is one more example of the Conservatives war on women, war on privacy and war for control of our medical decisions.

This bill will not just effect Liberal women as records show that women from all political parties, religions, and races use abortion services and just as many white Christian Conservatives use abortion services as do other women so no woman is safe from this Tennessee law that would expose all women's records that use those services.

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  • Matt 2012/03/19 19:28:08
    This is a volation of privacy...
    Matt
    +7
    It's much worse in Oklahoma, where they are defending a doctor's right not to release test results. We are being "polarized" by politicians who absolutely don't give a damn about these issues.
    ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ _______ ______ ______
    The Oklahoma Legislature voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to override vetoes of two highly restrictive abortion measures, one making it a law that women undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before having an abortion.

    Though other states have passed similar measures forcing women to have ultrasounds, Oklahoma’s law goes further, requiring a doctor or technician to set up the monitor where the woman can see it and describe the heart, limbs and organs of the fetus. No exceptions are made for rape and incest victims.

    The second measure passed into law Tuesday protects doctors from malpractice suits if they decide not to inform the parents of a unborn baby that the fetus has birth defects. The intent of the bill is to prevent parents from later suing doctors who withhold information to try to influence them against having an abortion.

    Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat, vetoed both bills last week. The ultrasound law, he said, was flawed because it did not exempt rape and incest victims and was an unco...

    It's much worse in Oklahoma, where they are defending a doctor's right not to release test results. We are being "polarized" by politicians who absolutely don't give a damn about these issues.
    ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ _______ ______ ______
    The Oklahoma Legislature voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to override vetoes of two highly restrictive abortion measures, one making it a law that women undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before having an abortion.

    Though other states have passed similar measures forcing women to have ultrasounds, Oklahoma’s law goes further, requiring a doctor or technician to set up the monitor where the woman can see it and describe the heart, limbs and organs of the fetus. No exceptions are made for rape and incest victims.

    The second measure passed into law Tuesday protects doctors from malpractice suits if they decide not to inform the parents of a unborn baby that the fetus has birth defects. The intent of the bill is to prevent parents from later suing doctors who withhold information to try to influence them against having an abortion.

    Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat, vetoed both bills last week. The ultrasound law, he said, was flawed because it did not exempt rape and incest victims and was an unconstitutional intrusion into a woman’s privacy. He painted the other measure as immoral.

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  • TuringsChild 2012/03/22 01:32:22 (edited)
    Who cares it's only women's privacy...
    TuringsChild
    How can it be private when we're ALL PAYING FOR IT??? What about the rights of those who have moral objections to abortion? Don't they have the right to control THEIR OWN MONEY?
    Oh, and btw, Rush did NOT attack 'women' as sluts. He called ONE woman a slut. AND he apologized for it. She was paid. That makes her a whore, not a slut.
  • HAlex1972 2012/03/20 16:23:34
    This is a volation of privacy...
    HAlex1972
    +1
    What the hell is wrong with people? I am so tired of these self-righteous cowards expecting others to live up to standards that they themselves, being put in the same situation, could not live up to.
  • Kirby 2012/03/20 13:02:44
    This is a volation of privacy...
    Kirby
    +2
    Any woman that would vote for a Republathug should be kicked in the vagina. Bitch at me all you want . There's only one Repub that hasn't made any attempts to attack women and that's Ron Paul. The rest of this field couldn't show any more contempt for women if they tried!
  • toots Kirby 2012/03/20 13:37:23
    toots
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    I am a woman and I know what Obama is up to. He is using women to get what he wants. I am a Christian and I don't want to pay for other people's abortions, birth control Women and men should take care of their own bodies, not the government. It's nice that Obama's former employee is not representing Miss Fluke, and she went on a vacation to California. She can travel all over the US, but she can't pay for birth control $9. a month. Don't be an idiot, learn to think for yourself.
  • 2012 Obama toots 2012/03/20 13:45:08
    2012 Obama
    +4
    You make no sense- you don't want to pay for abortions but you want to make contraceptives a big expense for many women that would be covered for free by their insurance. You do not pay for their insurance- they do.

    You want to reduce and eliminate abortions then the best way to do that is through providing contraceptives to low income women and through sex education in schools and community programs.

    Without those services you and all tax payer are paying huge amounts for unwanted children and more children on welfare.
  • HAlex1972 toots 2012/03/20 16:38:20
    HAlex1972
    +5
    What is it going to take to get people like you to understand this its not YOU that's paying for these services! The individual is paying for their insurance premiums for their insurance policies and it has nothing to do with you! Please don't tell me that this will cause your insurance premiums to go up. Your insurance premiums will drastically go up when the woman has a child and the insurance company has to pay for the maternity services and for the child's healthcare as he/she grows up. Paying for birth control is an insignificant expense for the insurance company compared to an actual pregnancy and a new member on the policy.
    As for those that say that a woman can go to her local Planned Parenthood for cheap birth control, I have to ask, aren't you the same people that want funding for Planned Parenthood to be denied? Also, if the woman DOES go to Planned Parenthood for her CHEAP birth control, then you are indeed paying for it with your taxes. Why are you encouraging these people to use Planned Parenthood when you are so dead-set against paying for their birth control with your tax money?!?

    Please do not expect anyone to listen to your sanctimonious arguments and put any credence into them.

    As far as Ms. Fluke goes, you evidently did not actually read her testimony, instead relying on long-winded propaganda-meisters, i.e. Rush Limbaugh, for your sole source of information.
  • mjkowal HAlex1972 2012/04/10 13:37:03
    mjkowal
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    HAlex1972 - you have given one of most intelligent responses I have ever seen on this subject! Thank you!
  • Kirby toots 2012/03/21 22:00:24 (edited)
    Kirby
    +1
    I have . What's your excuse. and what exactly does being a christian have to do with anything in the discussion... Absolutely nothing!
  • nothingbutthetruth 2012/03/20 08:18:42
    This is a volation of privacy...
    nothingbutthetruth
    +3
    The Anti-women Republicans know that women are gaining strong force in power and this is scaring the hell out of the Republicans. So they are trying to do everything to cut women power.
  • Hobbes nothing... 2012/03/20 12:02:42
    Hobbes
    +2
    But the insanity is that they cannot take away women's right to vote. Of course, in states were they have full power, they are trying hard to suppress voter's rights if they tend to be poor and vote the democratic ticket, but many of their own women are now bolting from the fold. I can't wait until November. It's gonna be exciting to see the GOP Ship-of-Fools go down stern first (the part that is now running the party).
  • toots Hobbes 2012/03/20 13:38:34
    toots
    Obama is worried and that is why he is using women. He needs their votes like last time.
  • HAlex1972 toots 2012/03/20 16:39:51
    HAlex1972
    +1
    Obama is not using women for votes. Its the Republicans that have initiated the attack against women.
  • Hobbes toots 2012/03/21 13:46:38
    Hobbes
    +1
    It's President Obama using women? Where has your head been? So, you are in favor of the Republicans to force doctors to rape women with a trans-vaginal probe? And if a politician objects, you accuse him/her of "using women" for votes? How abysmally insensitive. Of course, that's part and parcel of social conservatives--they have no concern for the privacy of OTHERS. Your comment is absolutely devoid of empathy.
  • Kirby Hobbes 2012/03/21 22:04:18
    Kirby
    +1
    But hey Toots is a Christian and I find it fascinating that these so called Christians have zero empathy to anyone but their wallets. How christian of them ! I' m sure if there is a Jesus he will be real impressed with them!
  • Hobbes Kirby 2012/03/22 15:19:05 (edited)
    Hobbes
    Yes Kirby, it seems if they truly followed the words attributed to Jesus in Matthew 25:32-46, they would realize (or not) that they should be all about empathy and helping others in any way possible, up to and certainly including the health of women. Still, those passages which I consider possibly the single most important in the Gospels are commonly ignored. I expect most arguments against this view will center on personal attacks against me without addressing Matthew 25.
  • Kirby Hobbes 2012/03/23 22:09:34
    Kirby
    +2
    Well I will back you up . As I am sick to death of the psuedo christians on here!
  • Airhead Kirby 2012/04/04 03:33:49
  • Ray Senior toots 2012/03/21 16:42:55
    Ray Senior
    +2
    You talk about women as if they're not even people. Obama using women to get they're votes. Women are tremendously smart voters and they mix right in with the men. Women have personal rights that differ from men, but real men understand these rights mudt be protected. Whether we know it or not everything women do effects everyone sooner or later and we have to respect that. When it comes to voting on womens rights , women should have a front row position on how things are handled. Seems to me some of our GOP candidates are stuck on the 16th century.
  • Hobbes Ray Senior 2012/03/21 20:53:40
    Hobbes
    +1
    I'd say the late eleventh century when the Christian Crusades began. They are now on another crusade to control women, Washington D.C., and the ballot box to the glory of Wall Street and Jesus--in that order.
  • nothing... Hobbes 2012/03/21 04:04:06
    nothingbutthetruth
    +1
    I could never agree with you more...hehehe.
  • Hobbes 2012/03/20 04:35:34 (edited)
    This is a volation of privacy...
    Hobbes
    +4
    The Republican Party is absolutely amazing this election season. Here in Virginia Governor McDonnell had to back (almost) down from a law passed by the Republican Legislature that would force women who elect for abortion, even in the event of rape or incest, to be raped again by the state in the form of a trans-vaginal ultrasound procedure. The bill that passed doesn't have that requirement, but requires information that can only be obtained by a trans-vaginal ultrasound procedure.



    I think it's a great thing that the de facto head of the Republican Party, Rush Limbotomy, and the his minions in State and federal government are pushing ahead in their idiotic war on women. The amazing thing is, that they are so stupid that they cannot see the end result--their staggering losses in November. I stand in awe of their unbelievable, political inanity.
  • HAlex1972 Hobbes 2012/03/20 16:50:27
    HAlex1972
    +2
    What's even more mind-boggling is the fact there are women that actually support the assault on their rights.
  • Hobbes HAlex1972 2012/03/21 13:56:47 (edited)
    Hobbes
    +2
    Too many of these earthlings are seriously nuts! I'm getting out of here!
    seriously nuts
  • Hopscotch 2012/03/20 03:32:51
    This is a volation of privacy...
    Hopscotch
    +3
    Another good reason we should have let the south secede from the union and just built a fence around them in stead. The Mexicans are more tolerant........reason south secede union built fence stead mexicans tolerant
  • RogerCoppock 2012/03/20 03:28:43
    This is a volation of privacy...
    RogerCoppock
    +6
    Remember in November!
  • Mark Twain 2012/03/20 03:23:53
    Who cares it's only women's privacy...
    Mark Twain
    +1
    When we move to a collective system after Obama wins all these problems will disappear. The Central Committee will have the wisest of the Elites making decisions on these things so the workers wont have to worry about them. These conservative trouble makers will disappear too. There will be no unemployment by government mandate. A one party system will simplify voting. We wont have to pay slackers to vote our way. The new minimum wage will take your breath away while you lay railroads for the Party elite to travel on. Healthcare will be free at the workers clinic,,,and if you are very lucky you may get to work in the State of the Art hospital built to serve Central Committee. There you will meet Notables like Michael Moore, Van Jones , Cass Sustine, Hilda Solis, Eric Holder, Bill Marr, Andy Stern, Ric Trumpka, and a few others. But you wont get to use that one. Everyone will have a place to live and your food ration card will allow the government to feed you acceptable food in amounts they deem right for you. No more Mc Donalds or Walmarts,,,In a workers paridise you dont need them. There will be no complaining or need for public disorder of any kind. The Workers Police will stamp out malcontents and rabble rousers and as Eric Holder has said publicly the young nee...
    When we move to a collective system after Obama wins all these problems will disappear. The Central Committee will have the wisest of the Elites making decisions on these things so the workers wont have to worry about them. These conservative trouble makers will disappear too. There will be no unemployment by government mandate. A one party system will simplify voting. We wont have to pay slackers to vote our way. The new minimum wage will take your breath away while you lay railroads for the Party elite to travel on. Healthcare will be free at the workers clinic,,,and if you are very lucky you may get to work in the State of the Art hospital built to serve Central Committee. There you will meet Notables like Michael Moore, Van Jones , Cass Sustine, Hilda Solis, Eric Holder, Bill Marr, Andy Stern, Ric Trumpka, and a few others. But you wont get to use that one. Everyone will have a place to live and your food ration card will allow the government to feed you acceptable food in amounts they deem right for you. No more Mc Donalds or Walmarts,,,In a workers paridise you dont need them. There will be no complaining or need for public disorder of any kind. The Workers Police will stamp out malcontents and rabble rousers and as Eric Holder has said publicly the young need to be brainwashed to be more socialized. I get chills up and down my leg just trying to envision this Utopian Amerika. The Dictatorship of the Proletariat. Oh dont worry minorities they have a special plan for you.
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  • 2012 Obama Mark Twain 2012/03/20 03:30:38
    2012 Obama
    +1
    Nah- this is America. we will always be screwed up!
  • Mark Twain 2012 Obama 2012/03/20 14:19:06
    Mark Twain
    +1
    That kind of talk will get you sent to a reeducation camp in the new Amerika
  • 2012 Obama Mark Twain 2012/03/20 15:27:52
    2012 Obama
    +1
    Only in your in twisted thinking!
  • Mark Twain 2012 Obama 2012/03/21 17:30:51
    Mark Twain
    You better hope so,,,I pray I am wrong
  • HAlex1972 Mark Twain 2012/03/20 17:03:35 (edited)
    HAlex1972
    +1
    Or we can stick with the Republicans, and all women will be banned from working at any job above minimum wage, if they're even allowed to work at all; the vote will only go to white, male, land owners; there will be a population explosion because all birth control will be banned, resulting in a mass epidemic of poverty-stricken beggars prowling the streets alongside the thieves breaking into your houses; widows will abound due to the increase in worker fatalities resulting from the complete eradication of OSHA & MSHA; the environment will be polluted due to the dismantling of the EPA which will result in a drastic increase in cancer rates, pulmonary disease, and mercury poisoning; the prison industry will explode from convictions of millions of new offenders due to all of the new morality laws implemented to keep everyone pious to the Lord; and domestic violence will be commonplace because it will be the man's duty to keep his bitch in line. I get chills up and down my spine just trying to envision this dystopic world ruled by the new American Taliban.

    Take your pick. Or maybe we can get rid of both parties, and require people to think independently, and vote for candidates that will actually work for the best interest of all people in the United States and not just one clas...

    Or we can stick with the Republicans, and all women will be banned from working at any job above minimum wage, if they're even allowed to work at all; the vote will only go to white, male, land owners; there will be a population explosion because all birth control will be banned, resulting in a mass epidemic of poverty-stricken beggars prowling the streets alongside the thieves breaking into your houses; widows will abound due to the increase in worker fatalities resulting from the complete eradication of OSHA & MSHA; the environment will be polluted due to the dismantling of the EPA which will result in a drastic increase in cancer rates, pulmonary disease, and mercury poisoning; the prison industry will explode from convictions of millions of new offenders due to all of the new morality laws implemented to keep everyone pious to the Lord; and domestic violence will be commonplace because it will be the man's duty to keep his bitch in line. I get chills up and down my spine just trying to envision this dystopic world ruled by the new American Taliban.

    Take your pick. Or maybe we can get rid of both parties, and require people to think independently, and vote for candidates that will actually work for the best interest of all people in the United States and not just one class, gender, religion, race, or income level.

    I'm just trying to look it things from both sides and I'm realizing that neither side has my, nor your, best interests at heart. We need to wake up and see that both sides work for special interests and lobbyists, and that both sides have been screwing us for decades.
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  • Mark Twain HAlex1972 2012/03/21 17:30:05
    Mark Twain
    +1
    from one extreme to the other,,,thats the way we are being programmed to think. Both parties are controlled by the same few billionaires. Divide and conquer,,when you have two groups at each others throats just keep throwing gas on the fires until they destroy each other. Havent you read Saul Alinski ? They will walk in and pick up the pieces. Free people are an obsticle to their control.
  • HAlex1972 Mark Twain 2012/03/25 20:18:35
    HAlex1972
    My point exactly.
  • ETpro 2012/03/20 02:08:34
    This is a volation of privacy...
    ETpro
    +4
    Maybe it's time to publish a hit list of the Nazis behind this attempted intimidation.
  • Mark Twain ETpro 2012/03/20 14:33:23
    Mark Twain
    +1
    Hit List? Are you suggesting killing people for voicing their opinion? I dont agree with them but you sound more NAZI like suggesting this action. Your a professor arent you. You guys make way to much money. When Obama takes over you will go on his reactionary list probably. Party members only will get into schools of higher learning just like the old days.
  • Turings... Mark Twain 2012/03/22 01:37:49
    TuringsChild
    Communists always kill off the intelligentsia first after the takeover. They are the 'useful idiots' Lenin spoke of.
  • ☮ Ron ☮ Paul ☮ 2012! ☮ 2012/03/20 01:35:15
    Who cares it's only women's privacy...
    ☮ Ron ☮ Paul ☮ 2012! ☮
    +3
    The name, social security, and address is mentioned too?! I don't think so!!!

    I believe women have a right to privacy, but this is NOT identifying them as a person but a demographic. And as a parent, I have the right to know whether my preteen or teenage daughter is having or had an abortion. This is my role as a parent. I'm responsible for her as her parent and guardian.

    Too many times in the past, preteens and teenagers received abortions without the consent of their guardian or parent. AND THIS IS WRONG!

    Kathleen Sebelius, now Secretary of Health and Human Services, had her hand in destroying the "evidence" when she supported George "the baby killer" Tiller, back when she was the former Kansas governor. And conveniently, the attorney general that was investigating this criminal activity was indefinitely disbarred.

    Now, if they had to destroy the evidence, doesn't this mean they were doing something wrong?
  • 2012 Obama ☮ Ron ☮... 2012/03/20 01:41:10
    2012 Obama
    +3
    Parent are already notified if the child is under 18. Do you also want all your daughters friends, school and haters knowing her name, address, and other information because that is what this bill does.

    This is not for demographic purposes an mandates that it would be released to the public. It is clearly designed for harassment and is a violation of privacy and the HIPPA act.

    The Life Defense Act of 2012, sponsored by state Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough), 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."
  • ☮ Ron ☮... 2012 Obama 2012/03/20 01:52:03
    ☮ Ron ☮ Paul ☮ 2012! ☮
    So this would be like the police log in the local news paper. Btw, the info above states, "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." Says nothing about her name, SS, or address... Where do you read that?
  • 2012 Obama ☮ Ron ☮... 2012/03/20 01:58:52
    2012 Obama
    +3
    These women are not criminala and have a right to privacy the same as you do.

    "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."

    That information could easily be used to identify a woman especially in smaller counties. It is a violation to relase that iformation and the Doctors name to the public.

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