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Friday, February 25, 2005

Privacy Concerns

Can you say ‘chilling effect’?

The energetically anti-abortion Attorney General of Kansas is demanding private medical records from family planning clinics. While AG Kline (a conservative, former state legislator and candidate for Congress in the 3rd CD) argues that this is necessary to enforce laws, lawyers for the subpoenaed clinics call it a “‘secret inquisition’ and ‘fishing expedition’ that threatened the doctor-patient privilege and women's constitutional rights.”