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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — In an effort to protect the public from infectious diseases, a proposed bill in Kansas has some feeling ostracized. That’s because the bill allows people with HIV or AIDS to be quarantined.
Right now, if a firefighter or a paramedic in Kansas is exposed to bodily fluids while treating a victim, they need a court order to get that victim’s blood tested for infectious diseases. But lawmakers are close to passing a new law eliminating that court order. Some, though, say the new law discriminates against those who have HIV or AIDS. That’s because lawmakers have written
The bill was passed by the Republican-controlled state Senate last Thursday by a vote of 29 to 11. It breezed through the Republican-controlled state House earlier this month, 122 to 1. Both the House and Senate appointed members of a conference committee earlier this week to finalize the bill before it goes to Gov. Sam Brownback’s (R) desk to be signed into law.
Fear monger much?
Originally posted by sdcigarpig
Having read the article and the law as it is proposed, the following can be stated:
This law is going to be used to control the population at large and not just hit those who are infected with HIV and AIDS. While the language of the law is very specific, as it not only names HIV and AIDS as part of the law, but also stated any communicable disease. And think about it, any disease that is transmitted via airborn or by bodily fluid is communicable.
Have the flu, well it could be grounds to go into quarantine. Child has say Chicken pox, well the entire family now has to be seperated from the rest of the community at large.
In this time, when conspiracies run rampant about Fema camps and other draconian laws being passed, this is one door that once open should be challenged and ultimately go through the court system to be defeated.
It must not only be communicable, it must also be "injurious to the public health". I don't think cold, flu or chicken pox would qualify.
The secretary of health and environment is authorized to issue such orders and adopt rules and regulations as may be necessary to prevent the spread and dissemination of diseases injurious to the public health, including, but not limited to, providing for the testing for such diseases and the isolation and quarantine of persons afflicted with or exposed to such diseases.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by Xcathdra
I agree with what the bill is attempting to do too. But the problem comes in when you have a group of very conservative religious people enforcing the law. What happens when their religion comes into conflict with the law? Which wins out? This kind of law needs to be worded very carefully, and enforced even more carefully.