Tennessee Legislator Finds a Way Around That Inconvenient Medical-Privacy Thing That Gets In the Way of a Good Slut-Shaming

Chicklet sent this one on to us:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee would collect death certificates for aborted fetuses under a bill introduced in the General Assembly.

Rep. Stacey Campfield said his bill would provide a way to track how many abortions are performed in Tennessee. The measure would also likely create public records on which women are having abortions.

That’s right, ladies! Rep. Campfield wants to fix it so those pesky little medical-privacy rules won’t apply to you if you have an abortion in the Volunteer State.

See, it’s so hard to know who to slut-shame when women can get abortions and not have to tell anyone about it — often before anyone even knows they’re pregnant! How can Rep. Campfield tell who’s a slut and who’s not if not for a little unwarranted intrusion into medical privacy?

But, of course, he maintains that it’s All About The Babies™:

“All these people who say they are pro-life — at least we would see how many lives are being ended out there by abortions,” said Campfield, R-Knoxville.

The measure would give abortion providers 10 days following an “induced termination of a pregnancy” to file a death certificate with the state Office of Vital Records.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to get a little information out of this,” Campfield said.

Other Tennessee lawmakers aren’t quite as committed to the cause of panty-sniffing as Rep. Campfield:

House Judiciary Chairman Rob Briley, D-Nashville, called Campfield’s proposal “the most preposterous bill I’ve seen in eight years in the Legislature.”

“I would anticipate that there are some serious legal problems with trying to issue death certificates to unborn fetuses, whether they be aborted or not,” Briley said.

“It is totally inconsistent with everything the law contemplates as it relates to anything close to that subject,” he said. “It’s so far out there, it’s hard for me to comment.”

Oh, let’s set aside all this nonsense about death certificates only being able to be issued if there was a living person in the first place! Let’s set aside this nonsense about statistics already being kept on abortions! Stacey Campfield wants detailed information about those sluts who are getting abortions and escaping the consequences of sex, and he wants it now!

Tennessee law already requires abortions to be reported to the Office of Vital Records, though the identities of women having abortions are not included in the reports. Death certificates require identifying information like Social Security numbers.


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22 Responses to Tennessee Legislator Finds a Way Around That Inconvenient Medical-Privacy Thing That Gets In the Way of a Good Slut-Shaming

  1. Ragnell says:

    Don’t you need to be born to die?

  2. Heraclitus says:

    As The Unapologetic Mexican put it:

    Yes, good idea. And I can see how Republicans would be for keeping track of deaths by the intensity with which they are pushing for a body count in Iraq.

    It’s an interesting experiment in time-travel this fella is proposing. You know, getting your death certificate before you have cause to be given a birth certficate.

    Most interestingly, this little snifter of Tennessee poison proposes the attachment of a woman’s SS# on the Death Certificate. I suppose…so they can make sure to affix the proper number of gold stars on her TIA profile? It’s very thoughtful of Mr. Campfield (R-TN). Maybe we should thank him.

  3. mythago says:

    I’d like to hear his explanation for why he doesn’t think the aborted fetuses should get both a birth AND death certificate. Does he not believe an aborted fetus is a baby deserving of having its little footprints on a certificate?

  4. akeeyu says:

    Does this mean I can get death certificates (and therefore, death BENEFITS) for my miscarriages, too?

  5. zuzu says:

    Hell, I’ll ask for death certificates for my tampons.

  6. Heraclitus says:

    Wouldn’t they have to issue a SSN with a birth certificate? This way it will somehow or other be the mother’s SSN on the death certificate, so Bill O’Reilly won’t have to have the information leaked to him.

  7. snakeface says:

    So is the next step to issue ‘life certificates’ to all babies that are conceived? Maybe they can package the forms with pregnancy test kits, and you send in the little stick stapled to the second page, after the “missionary position?” ticky box.

  8. egalia says:

    Stacey X is the joke of the state. This has no chance of going anywhere. The only thing he succeeds at is getting international press for his stupidity.

    You may remember him as the lawmaker who called the state Black Caucus more racist than the KKK cause they wouldn’t let his white ass join the BLACK Caucus.

    http://guerillawomentn.blogspot.com/2007/02/tn-lawmaker-wants-state-to-call-fetus.html

  9. why would a guy like that even want to join the Black Caucus? I mean, assuming he’s as Whitey McWhiterson as he sounds from that, what purpose would it serve?

    Aside from being a dick, I mean.

  10. Miss Robyn says:

    Sweet, and you know what that will mean- freaky ass pro-lifers showing up at your house singing funeral dirges. You know it’ll happen. Or, shit- worse- considering they *kill* abortion providers…

  11. Rhiannon says:

    Shoot… if we can get death cert’s for our unborn can we get life insurance too? Hey GERBER! Give me dat life insurance for $10 bucks… I’ll need it for about a week. *shakes head*

  12. Blitzgal says:

    Considering that a significant number of pregnancies naturally terminate in a miscarriage during the first trimester, would all of those women have to go report their experience in order to get death certificates? Because that just seems unnecessarily abusive to me.

  13. syfr says:

    I just hear something on NPR last night on All Things Considered about some parents of stillborn children pushing for birth certificates for the dead stillborn person. This would seem to fit in with that.

    The parents could get a death certificate, but not a birth certificate, and were pushing for a birth certificate as well.

  14. Anne says:

    Syfr, it’s one thing if they want it, another if they’re legally required whether they want it or not.

  15. Lindsay says:

    What a waste of trees. I have an idea, the baby can be born and then they can wait and see how long it can survive on it’s own before it dies. Just let it sit out on a table fending for its own life, and if it fails it dies, boo fucking hoo. Because you have to be born to die. You aren’t alive until you can make it outside the mother. Effin retards, and they’re the state right below me.
    If I had an abortion, I’d tell any SOB that asked, and be damn proud of it.

  16. Dr. William Dyer says:

    You know normally it is not just the mother that gets listed on those death or birth certificates, the father does as well. Interesting how the impregnator has the ability to escape the consequences of his actions unless the woman speaks up. This proposal would be among the many exhibits there is little concern by the leaders of the pro-life movement for much other then keeping women in line with said people’s conception of women.

    Maybe this law should have an amendment added to make the default father unless otherwise stated by the woman to be this legislator. Such things would be appropriate, since he wants to insert himself into these women’s personal decisions.

  17. CE Petro says:

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    I did a cursory search and found that NH and Montana had both introduced similar bills. It appears they didn’t go anyhere, thankfully.

  18. Lenka says:

    Also, back in early 2005, Delegate John Cosgrove (R-VA) proposed HB1677 – the “report of fetal death” legislation – that would have required women experiencing an unattended miscarriage to report to local police within 12 hours (or 3 days if medical personnel were aware or involved, as in a medical abortion procedure) or suffer a possible penalty of up to one year in jail or a $2500.00 fine. The report women would have been required to file included information on past reproductive and marital history, education level, report of prenatal care etc.; fortunately this outrageous bill “died” shortly afterwards.

    (full text at http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?051+ful+HB1677)

  19. CatStaff says:

    Yes, Lenka, it’s true. Right here in the Old Dominion. Considering the fact that I had 5 miscarriages and 2 ectopic pregnancies (with, thankfully, one live son in between), the paperwork alone would have killed me.

    I wonder if the Tennesee bill means that you can get a dependent deduction for that year.

  20. Chicklet says:

    I’d be making a “report” every month – flinging my clottiest bloody tampon at Cosgrove’s head.

  21. tzs says:

    *sigh*. What is it about certain males to be total jerks?

  22. raging red says:

    Considering their belief that abortion = murder, if they don’t also propose issuing death certificates for miscarriages, that would be like only issuing death certificates for people (you know, actual born humans) who are murdered, but not those who die of natural causes.

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