What is wrong with people. Are you seriously saying that stealing records of patients is a good thing? Who even does that?
Operation Rescue was given these records.
Let that all sink in, please.
OPERATION RESCUE, a pro-life group with known pro-life terrorists in it, was given the names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. of patients who received abortions NOT EVEN A MONTH AGO, these patient records are from April 2012, it is MAY THIRD 2012.
The group is claiming that a man delivered these records to them and said he obtained these records legally.
Medical records, even for people who get abortions, are confidential and it is a serious crime to disclose them to ANYONE who does not have a reason to look at them. A crime was most certainly committed and I feel comfortable in predicting that several more will be committed in the form of harassing letters left at these patients’ homes by anonymous pro-life activists.
Anyone who saw those records should be fined, at the very least. And anyone involved in obtaining them should be put in jail.
This is actually quite telling. There has been legislation passed that requires abortions to be reported to the state. Guess how the individual who gave these records to Operation Rescue obtained them…from legislative offices.
And this isn’t the first time he’s stolen records and given them to outside parties (the first time he gave them to the governor’s office, attorney general’s office, and a medical licensing organization). He claims to have given them to Operation Rescue because the governor, attorney general, and medical licensing organization didn’t do anything with them so he brought the second batch of medical records he stole to Operation Rescue because:
“It’s my position that nothing happens in the state without the public scrutinizing it,” he said. “There are too many back-room deals without our knowledge, then things are swept out the door and ignored unless someone said something.”
Because a vigilante pro-life terrorist organization WILL do something about it.
And also, can we just take a moment to side eye the fact that a person’s MEDICAL HISTORY is, according to this guy, a matter of public scrutiny. Because people who receive abortions already don’t get shamed or harassed enough.
He claims that cash envelopes used to pay for services is proof that the clinic these records were stolen from is proof the clinic is committing tax fraud.
Let’s walk through this:
Things that are legal:
- Getting an abortion
- Maintaining patient confidentiality
- Paying for abortion services in cash
Things that are illegal:
- Breaking patient confidentiality and invading patient privacy
- Harassing people
- Sharing confidential medical records with outside parties
- Bombing clinics or murdering abortion doctors, which Operation Rescue has been connected to
And people are questioning if a crime was committed…
The majority of patients are low-income and considered at-risk. What a nightmare for the clinic staff and patients.