Friday, February 25, 2005

NOW on Phill Kline's war on medical privacy

Don't miss NOW's item in Phill Kline:

"The National Organization for Women condemns the latest action by anti-abortion zealots bent on invading the privacy of women and girls," said NOW President Kim Gandy. "This is outrageous harassment of women and their doctors for base political motives."
The Kansas Attorney General, Phill Kline, is seeking medical records of women—including their name, medical history, sexual history, birth control practices and psychological profiles—from two state abortion clinics as part of an alleged criminal investigation he claims is about sexual abuse of minors.
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Kline has a pattern of trying to force medical providers to report information about the past sexual history of women. In 2003, his office tried to obtain information about girls younger than 16 who engaged in sexual activity.
"There's obviously no allegation of wrongdoing or criminal behavior by these women -- if there were, they'd have the right to know the charges, the right to challenge release of their information, the right to confront their accusers, the right to due process and the right to an attorney," said Gandy. "But these women don't even have basic rights in Kansas. Phill Kline should be impeached for gross misuse of his office and abuse of public trust."

[And in answer to Sylvia's question today, "Phill" is the spelling. Sylvia wondered if I'd mispelled the name in this morning's entry. Never hesitate to ask that. If "I" had two letters, I'm sure I could find a way to mispell it. But "Phill" is the correct spelling.]