Michigan is considering new rules for how to dispose of products of conception removed during abortion procedures after being contacted by a local anti-abortion group that claimed to have found fetal remains while digging through a dumpster outside a clinic they were protesting.
Via The State News:
A state representative is calling for abortion reform in Michigan following the alleged discovery of 17 aborted fetuses in a Lansing abortion clinic’s dumpster. A spokesman from the local police department, however, said investigators discovered biomedical waste and patient medical records in the dumpster, but no fetuses were found.
During a press conference held Wednesday at the Capitol to address the issue, state Rep. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, announced a bill that would require clinics to bury or cremate aborted fetuses if the parent requests it. Violators of the bill would face felony charges and a maximum of three years in jail, or a fine of up to $5,000.
Jones, who represents the district where the fetuses were allegedly found, was contacted by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Chris Veneklase, a Michigan resident who said he found the fetuses. Veneklase was protesting outside WomansChoice/Health Care Clinic, 6500 Centurion Dr., in Lansing, when he noticed its use of a commercial dumpster. In February, he looked inside one of the garbage bags.
Citizens for a Pro-Life Society helped Veneklase continue to search through the dumpster and allegedly discovered more biomedical waste and medical records. Veneklase and the organization then reported the incident. The WomansChoice/Health Care Clinic declined to comment Wednesday.
According to a news report from News Channel 8, random searches were made over the following months by police, but no signs of actual remains were ever found, only discarded tissue.
“They did random searches over several months, and found medical waste and tissue inside that dumpster, but no fetuses.”
No matter the lack of evidence, anti-choice lawmakers are now using their claims to push for a law that will require all clinics to cremate or bury the products of conception. Some lawmakers have begun to draft one, but none of them seem concerned about offering legislation to deal with violations of medical privacy if in fact personal records were disposed in trash bags, as the anti-choice activists claim.
The bags were labeled in detail.
“17 bags that contained the bodies of these aborted children with the mother’s names on the bags thrown into the trash dumpster,” said [Director of the Citizens for a Pro-Life Society Monica] Migliorino Miller.
Dates of the abortion and even medication that was given to the woman was included. The public display of private patient information is an issue that the Attorney General’s office investigated.
Joy Yearout, the deputy communications director for the Attorney General’s office said in a statement on Wednesday: “The Eaton County prosecutor and the Michigan Attorney General’s office found that the few documents uncovered in our investigation are not of the nature that would be criminally charged under the state medial records statute.”
It seems unlikely that the AG’s office would see no violations in such an obvious breach of HIPAA law, an omission that makes the story that there were private medical records in the bags much more suspect. However, if the legislators are going to actively legislate how to dispose of remains out of “respect” for the fetus, it would be nice if they showed at least some interest in respecting the right to privacy of the woman involved as well.
Mini Roundup: The anti-choice double standard — judges overruling parents who want their daughters to continue their pregnancies are wrong. Judges who overrule parents who want their daughters to have abortions are right.
October 28, 2010
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- State Sen. Padavan’s rival slams his voting record on women’s issues – New York Daily News
- ellaOne an abortifacient – not ‘birth control’ – OneNewsNow
- Fight forms over Supreme Court justice facing retention vote – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
- David Beckham Gives Sex Education To Son – Contactmusic.com
- Bill would regulate fetus disposal; Delta abortion clinic investigated (w/video) – Lansing State Journal
- Catholic condom campaign sparks controversy – swissinfo.ch
- I went through hell with cervical cancer – so don’t label my girls as … – Daily Mail
- Cleveland Clinic Creates New Middle Eastern Focused Hospital Web Site – San Francisco Chronicle
- Candidates seek women votes – Sioux Falls Argus Leader
- Greene: Ed Board defies Ritter on Colorado’s sex-ed policy – Denver Post
- “Media, Government and Judiciary May not Connive at Rape” – Bianet
- Political Polygraph: Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee television ad – Denver Post
- League of Women Voters sponors sex ed forum today – LubbockOnline.com
- EDITORIAL: New cardinal warns pro-abortion voters – Washington Times
- Vail Daily letter: ‘Yes’ on Amendment 62 – Vail Daily News
- Lisa Murkowski: Walking a fine line – Anchorage Daily News
- Breast cancer study turns to patients’ sisters to aid research – NorthJersey.com
- City’s teen birthrate heading downward – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- Better health care needed to lower maternal mortality – Jamaica Gleaner
- Health-care fight over abortion resurfaces – Indianapolis Star
- Obama administration launches a sex-ed program – Washington Post
- Teen pregnancy rates drop in NC – The Daily Tar Heel
- ASRM Blasts Colorado Amendment 62 – Berthoud Recorder
- Fed plan targets violence against women, children – The Detroit News
- A debate on abortion yes, but don’t forget the unborn – Irish Medical Times
- Wake-up call on breast cancer in India (Feature) – Sify
- Bill proposed for abortion reform – MSU State News
- Student, 14, taken for birth control – Charleston Post Courier
October 27, 2010
- Judge won’t block new Arizona abortion restrictions – East Valley Tribune
- 2 UW researchers awarded grants of $1 million each from the Gates foundation – Seattle Times
- Abortion rights group attacks Brady in ad – Chicago Tribune
- Vaccine Could Prevent Cancer – Discover Moose Jaw
- Mother of sexually abused girl speaks out to help other victims – KENS 5 TV
- Confusion over contraceptives and “Category X” drugs – Seattle Times
- Democrats Stress Social Issues – Wall Street Journal
- Obama: Abuse “Not Acceptable” – TIME
- Pakistani Mothers, Babies Face Health Risks – NewsHour
- In Colorado race, it’s economy vs. abortion – Washington Times
- Judge Alan Acker: ‘I don’t regret my decision.’ – Columbus Other Paper
- Does Ken Buck Hate Sex? – Care2.com (blog)
- ARV: Cheap solution to prevent babies contracting HIV – Nigerian Tribune
- Do graphic abortion ads belong on TV? – Salon
- Funds to Support Maternal, Child Health Services in Arkansas – OzarksFirst.com
- Today’s Lady News: Abortion Providers Depicted In “Wanted” Posters In NC – The Frisky
- Republican Congresswoman talks to 6-year-olds about abortion, principal … – New York Daily News
- Anti-abortion activists urge burial or cremation of aborted fetuses – Detroit Free Press
- Panel’s decision due on abortion group’s statements about Driehaus – Cincinnati.com
- Is Democracy the Voice of God? – The New American
- LETTER: Galloway holds dangerous positions – Wausau Daily Herald
- Maternal health our priority – Museveni – New Vision
- Behind 4 key Ill. congressional contests – Chicago Tribune
- Court blocks parents’ forced abortion – BP News
- Eleven Arrested in Operation “Crooked Clean Up” – WMBB-TV
- Tea Partiers only a Democrat could love – Toronto Sun
- Shocking Violence No Surprise – Huffington Post (blog)
- Anti-abortion groups take aim at Indiana Democrats – Muncie Star Press
- Genuine choice for women still elusive – Sydney Morning Herald
- Washington’s Abortive Scientific Renaissance – Miller-McCune.com
- Amnesty International pressures Peru to legalize abortion – Catholic News Agency
- Deadly Sexuality: Gay youth suicides on the rise – Tribuna
- Does Your Birth Control Really Turn Male Fish Female? – Mother Jones
- Latino religious leaders confront HIV/AIDS stigmas at LA conference – EDGE Boston
- Very low fertility in Asia: A study – Inquirer.net
- Gay-Straight Alliance Network applauds federal effort to stop bullying – San Diego Gay & Lesbian News
- Pennsylvania Senate: Pro-Life Pat Toomey Solidifying Lead – LifeNews.com
- America Must Do Better for Mothers in Childbirth, Says Documentarian Christy … – Vanity Fair
- Poor women and indigenous discriminated against in Peru, says Amnesty – Living in Peru
- Debicella, Himes ratchet up rhetoric in latest debate – Westport-News
- Democrats Win on Women-Friendly Economic Policies – Huffington Post (blog)
- On the Trail: Two rallies, two styles – vtdigger.org
- MSNBC Documentary Recounts Murder Of Abortion Provider Tiller – Medical News Today (press release)
- Global warming, reproductive rights: Dino Rossi wrong for Washington – Examiner.com