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NEWS: DOJ Issues Subpoenas for Medical Records

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posted on Feb, 17 2004 @ 11:39 AM
U.S. Attorney General, John Ashcroft, has ordered the issuing of a series of subpoenas to hospitals in several major cities, demanding medical records of women who have undergone specific abortion procedures. The DOJ is demanding records of patients of doctors who are involved in legal challenges to the abortion procedure ban. Women's rights and health advocates and members of Congress have condemned the DOJ demand for patient medical records. "It is clear from both federal and state laws that strong privacy restrictions are in place to prevent the kind of intrusive breach of medical privacy that these actions represent," said Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), according to the NY Times . "Americans will be shocked to find out that the Bush administration has taken the position that there is no right to medical privacy," Kate Michelman, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said in a statement. "To assert that the government has an unfettered right to root around in our private medical records is beyond appalling." More... Doctors challenge abortion subpoenas Attorney General Defends Abortion Subpoena Hospitals Fight Justice Department Subpoenas No matter what your stance is on the issue of abortion, to pry into private medical records for legal procedures is reprehensible. The larger picture of the DOJ feeling they can do what they like in this case is certainly cause for serious alarm.

posted on Feb, 17 2004 @ 11:53 AM
This is not just about abortion issues it only starts there as a diversion. This means they would try to get medical records for any reason THEY see fit.

posted on Feb, 17 2004 @ 03:04 PM
One of the largest being the insurance industry.
Given the fact that a tremendous profit can be made by knowing folks medical history, some 'first salvo' shot was bound to be fired in order to facilitate that.

Here it is.

posted on Feb, 17 2004 @ 03:09 PM
You forgot to include this part.

"The DOJ is specifically demanding the records of patients whose doctors are involved in the three legal challenges to the abortion procedure ban."

I understand the women are not part of the lawsuit, but if the Doctors are doing illegal stuff then the medical records of these women could and should be given to the DOJ. The doctors who are working and doing illegal procedures need to be checked on to make sure that these women had sound medical advice and medical safety was the number one priority to these women.

This could end up benefiting the women who had these illegal procedures done in the long run.

Now I am against releasing medical records for no apparent reason, but if they need it for conviction of doctors doing illegal work or for women who may of not had great medical service, then yes it needs to be looked over by a 3rd party, in this case DOJ.

[Edited on 17-2-2004 by Dreamz]

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