Julia Conley at Common Dreams writes—Refusing to Comply With ‘Dehumanizing’ Rules Any Longer, Missouri’s Last Abortion Clinic Defies Regulators:
Days before Missouri’s Republican government is set to decide whether it will renew the license of the state’s only remaining abortion clinic, doctors at the facility have announced they will no longer comply with state restrictions and guidelines they deem “unethical,” harmful, and medically unnecessary.
Planned Parenthood of St. Louis said Wednesday that it would stop performing pelvic exams on patients receiving abortion care 72 hours before the procedure, in addition to standard exams doctors perform at the time of an abortion. The extra pelvic exams were mandated by the state health department last month.
Clinic medical director Dr. David Eisenberg told CBS News that he had determined in recent weeks that the exams were having a harmful effect on his patients.
“[Patients] are being victimized by a state regulatory process that has gone awry. It is not making them healthier, it is not making them safer, it is only victimizing them,” Eisenberg said. “Over the last few weeks, I have new evidence to say that 100 percent of the patients who I’ve taken care of who’ve undergone this inappropriate, medically unnecessary, unethical pelvic exam have been harmed by that.”
“Because to do so, in my opinion, is just assault,” he continued.
The clinic announced its defiance of the regulations two days before the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is scheduled to announce whether it will allow Planned Parenthood of St. Louis to continue providing abortion care.
A federal judge issued a temporary injunction last month after the state attempted to shut down the clinic, saying the clinic “demonstrated that immediate and irreparable injury” would result from the revoking of its license.
If the license is not renewed Friday and the injunction is not extended, Missouri will become the first state in the U.S. to have zero safe, legal abortion clinics since 1973.
The fresh tensions in Missouri coincide with a new study by The Guttmacher Institute released Thursday revealing that 59 percent of women of reproductive age in the United States—about 40 million women—live in states that are hostile to abortion rights and reproductive care. […]
“What sets wilderness apart in the modern day is not that it’s dangerous (it’s almost certainly safer than any town or road) or that it’s solitary (you can, so they say, be alone in a crowded room) or full of exotic animals (there are more at the zoo). it’s that five miles out in the woods you can’t buy anything.”
~~Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information (1992)
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BLAST FROM THE PAST
On this date at Daily Kos in 2006—Bush admin used phone record brokers to bypass search warrants:
Remember those online phone record brokers where you could buy anyone’s records for a fee? Aravosis underscored how nefarious those services were by buying Wesley Clark’s records and the subsequent attention led the House to unanimously pass a bill outlawing the practice.
Well, guess who was a big customer of those phone records? Yeah, I gave it away in the title of this post, but it still boggles my mind. The Bush Administration. Aravosis explains:
[T]oday we learn that the federal government and local police were using these questionably-legal online data brokers to get YOUR private phone records without the necessary search warrants.
Yes, the Bush administration once again didn’t go to courts of law to get search warrants when it was supposed to.
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin reports that Trump’s still betting on anger, Biden’s still tops in leading indicators, and House Dems are still coming out for impeachment. The 2001 AUMF shows again how rules rule. Or, everything you heard about Hyde yesterday was crap.
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