Scarlet Letters

Another day, another abortion bill.

The Tennessee House will be considering a bill on Wednesday of this week that requires the names of doctors who perform abortions, and details about the women they treat, be posted online for everyone to see.

Tennessee lawmakers will consider a controversial measure on Wednesday that could intimidate women seeking abortions by requiring that the names of doctors who perform the procedures be published online. [...]

The state’s Department of Health already reports information on the age, race, education, and number of children of women who receive abortions, and aggregates the data by region, “making it impossible for others to figure out who underwent an abortion procedure.” This bill, however, would require the department “to release patient data broken down by county” and could “reveal the identities of some women who receive abortions, particularly in small, rural communities.” “I think in some small communities that woman would be identified,” State Rep. Gary Odom (D) warned when a subcommittee advanced the measure earlier this month. “I think that by publicizing this, it would have serious consequences. … We know what has happened to physicians who perform abortions that there has been violence. … There could be violence against the women. … This is a dangerous piece of legislation. … I think this is full of meanness.”

The bill, HB3808, is ironically named the Life Defense Act. Ironic because this would undoubtedly lead to the targeted killing of doctors who perform abortions and possibly even the women who are summarily identified.


  • ainsleyroad

    Is is just me, or is anyone else starting to really dislike this country? Because we are anything but “united.”

  • agrazingmoose

    Soon they will be trying to justify rounding all these folks up, putting them in an arena, and letting loose the lions.

    Tickets go to the Kochs and Republican SuperPAC donors first!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Norris/1597765442 Michael Norris

    I don’t know how many times I have heard President Obama called a “socialist” and a “nazi”. What this law is suggesting is pure, hot, unfiltered fascism. Benito Mussolini would be proud.

  • muselet

    In addition to being yet another attempt to put the wimmenfolk in their place, it sounds like this bill is in direct conflict with the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Any bets on whether that’s intentional?


    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Norris/1597765442 Michael Norris

      A Krispy Kreme donut. I’ll bet you a Krispy Kreme donut that you are right.

    • jmby

      This bill, whether or not it passes, will be overturned in court as unconstitutional. It is a violation of basic privacy in the extreme. I predict even hospitals and physicians of all types will be on board with fighting this one.

      • muselet

        I agree with everything but your first sentence. See D_C_Wilson’s comment below for why.


    • D_C_Wilson

      Of course it’s intentional. The GOP-controlled state legislatures are in a race to see who can craft the most burdensome laws in order to invite a legal challenge in federal court. They’re ready to roll the dice on the possibility that by the time it gets to the Supreme Court, they’re have the five justices they’ll need to overturn Roe v. Wade.

  • trgahan

    I keep wondering when this race to be the state with the most “righteous vengeance” anti-abortion bill will end. I do pity the average “pro-lifer” who is deluded enough to think these laws will actually accomplish anything. In fact, many will vote this year thinking they are saving lives when all they will get is more deregulation, less safety net, higher consumer costs, and lower taxes on corporations and people worth over a million dollars. Abortion is the ultimate game of political bait and switch.

  • morningsky

    How about we make them wear yellow stars on their shirts, have their papers ready at all times, register their movements to the local authorities, place a yellow star on their place of business and homes. Sounds like a plan. I am talking about the legislators in Tennessee.

  • mrbrink

    The up-skirt Republican party are well past the creepy uninvited hand on the thigh. They’ve ignored the slap to the face. Their DNA under your fingernails doesn’t concern them. The desperate pleas for protection are mocked because “we’re miles away from Big government intrusions!” and they’re not going to let you make them feel ashamed about their mental and physical inadequacies anymore.

    They’re taking back the power of the good ol’ days when forcible rape was punishable by laughter and high fives.

    I hope when women rule the galaxy they’ll keep some men around for old times sake.

    • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

      I swear to god, brink, sometimes I think that these guys were all born with tiny penises.

  • Brutlyhonest

    FFS stop using their term for doctors who happen to provide abortions.

    • JMAshby

      That certainly wasn’t the intention.

      • Brutlyhonest

        I know, and I truly appreciate the work you and Bob do here. That said, I think we should all endeavor to not let the rwnjs control the narrative.

        They figured out long ago that words mean stuff (A pretty smart guy taught me that when I first started working intelligence and trying to decipher intent based on what was said), and have been very effective at marketing that party based on manipulating people. See that brilliantly devious asshat luntz, for example.

  • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

    Since the onslaught of anti-women bills in state legislatures at the beginning of 2011, I have done my best to try not to let it get to me, even to the point of pointedly not covering them on my own blog.

    See, it’s kind of like pulling a blanket over your head, and just about as useful. :(

    Anyhoo, thanks Ashby and Bob, for covering them in all their despicable forms. Because you have covered them, consistently, I have been unable to ignore them and so I guess I’m now ready to deal with them.

    As far as I’m concerned, and this is aside from the impact women MUST have in the voting booth both this year and in 2012, women must come together and fight these rat bastards before it gets even worse.

    I’m ready. I would imagine that a great many other women, of all political stripes, are too.

    • Brutlyhonest

      Tom Corbett says to just shut your eyes ….

      • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

        I wish I could, like Dorothy……except it won’t go away.

      • http://twitter.com/bubblegenius Bubble Genius

        when the wimmins revolution happens, I’ll make sure I tell Corbett to shut his eyes when I give him a hot lead enema.

      • Victor_the_Crab

        I’d like to shut Tom Corbertt’s eyes. By poking them with my fingers!

    • incredulous72

      I truly believe that the GOP has shit and stepped in it this time with women. The states’ attacks on women’s bodies will be a down ticket issue in November. Those state legislators that are up for re-election are going to get their asses handed to them after the crap they’ve been introducing this year and I truly believe that this entire “attack on women” will trickle up to the federal elections as well, making it a full Democratic sweep.

      • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

        I agree, or at least I’m sure hoping for the same thing, incred!

      • muselet

        Hope you’re right.


  • jeanne marie

    The Americans United for Life are behind many of these abortion bills. A list of “model legislation” is available to state legislatures in pdf format:



  • Corebela

    Holy fucking shit I thought these people were insane before.

    • http://twitter.com/bubblegenius Bubble Genius

      They were.