Monday, April 25, 2005


EC Measure voted out of House Subcommittee

Lest this slip through the media cracks - The Health and Family Assistance Subcommittee of the Tennessee House approved a measure late last week that would require a hospital to inform and, if asked, provide "emergency contraception" to all rape victim survivors. Of course, if you take a look at the composition of this subcommittee, one can see why this didn't make much news. (How are some of these people elected to state office? Truly baffling...)

I'm not convinced that this law is constitutional - either federally or in regards to the Tennessee Constitution - as it seems to trample on religious freedoms. Why should Baptist Hospital be forced by the state to deal in medication that is against church teachings?

As someone who has been in the hospitals, I have never been for anyone telling a doctor or nurse how to do their job - whether it be a MBA, JD, or a legislator - who doesn't know one thing about the practice of medicine. As the law stands now, actions involving emergency contraception are left to the discretion of the healthcare provider. How is this not the best method of dealing with the problem? Enough to make one wax libertarian...

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