Via Media

Via Media

Record Battles

Feds want abortion records; Planned Parenthood says no

A federal judge in San Francisco yesterday rejected the Justice Department’s attempt to obtain abortion records from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a ruling likely to halt demands for as many as 1,000 patient files from clinics around the country, including the Washington area, according to Justice officials and the family-planning group.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton is a legal setback for the department, which is trying to obtain edited records of patients as it defends the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, approved last year. Planned Parenthood and other organizations have filed lawsuits to overturn the statute on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.

In the Planned Parenthood lawsuit and in another brought in New York by the National Abortion Federation, Justice Department prosecutors have argued that they need the patient records to determine the veracity of claims by physicians that the late-term abortion procedure covered by the law is sometimes medically necessary.

Comments read comments(3)
post a comment

posted March 6, 2004 at 7:46 pm

If the Palm Beach County can get Rush’s medical records, with his name on them, why can’t the feds get this? [I don’t agree w/PBC, but I’m just making a point of inconsistency.]
Usually [sensitive business data, in my experience] proprietary data can be provided to other parties so long as identifying information is deleted. The feds should be able to obtain aggregate data on quantity of abortions performed and at what stage in the pregnancy for each abortion. They could ask for certain data per abortion performed: age of patient, race of patient, stage of pregnancy, reason for abortion if stated, method of procedure, etc. This can all be done in some spreadsheet w/no names, social security #s, insurance provider data, etc. We just want to quantify what PP does. I see no reason why data should not be collected on this information, for legal or census purposes, since we collect similar data on any other “medical procedure.” Why should we not track these statistics? It would seem that PP would want to produce these data to prove their case that the abortions were not partial-birth abortions. I guess they cannot–& there are other things they probably don’t want to see the light of day. DoJ should press this issue! It looks like the courts are going to prevent them from making their case.

report abuse


posted March 6, 2004 at 8:44 pm

Hi, Peggy:
You are right on all counts. If PP is telling the truth, what do they have to hide?

report abuse


posted March 7, 2004 at 12:14 am

If it were made public the race and age of the mothers, I think it would make a big stink. That’s probably why they don’t want to let go of the data.

report abuse

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to and may be used by in accordance with the agreements.

Previous Posts

There is nothing I shall want
A couple of weeks ago, a memorial Mass for Michael was held here in Birmingham at the Cathedral. The bishop presided and offered a very nice, even charming homily in which he first focused on the Scripture readings of the day, and then turned to ...

posted 9:24:16am Mar. 05, 2009 | read full post »

Revolutionary Road - Is it just me?
Why am I the only person I know..or even "know" in the Internet sense of "knowing"  - who didn't hate it? I didn't love it, either. There was a lot wrong with it. Weak characterization. Miscasting. Anvil-wielding mentally ill prophets.But ...

posted 9:45:04pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Books for Lent
No, I'm not going to ask you about your Lenten reading lists...although I might.Not today, though. This post is about giving books to others. For Lent, and a long time after that. You know how it goes during Lent: Prayer, Fasting and ...

posted 9:22:07pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Why Via Media
How about....because I'm lame and hate thinking up titles to things? No? about...St. Benedict? Yes, yes, I know the association with Anglicanism. That wasn't invovled in my purpose in naming the joint, but if draws some Googling ...

posted 8:54:17pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Brave Heart?
I don't know about you, but one of effects of childbirth on me was a compulsion to spill the details. All of them.The whole thing was fascinating to me, so of course I assumed everyone else should be fascinated as well in the recounting of every ...

posted 10:19:45pm Mar. 03, 2009 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.