Now that Donald Trump has been elected and the Republican Party is celebrating, conservatives are relaunching their attacks on minorities and women with a vengeance.
Last week, a clinic in Arizona was forced to file a complaint against the state’s attorney general because he was demanding a list of the names and medical records of the clinic’s patients who have had abortions and donated fetal tissue. The 55-page application was filed by Camelback Family Planning on November 17th to block the demand made by Mark Brnovich. Jean-Jacques Cabou, an attorney representing the clinic, explained just what a monstrosity this was when he said:
“What’s at stake is the privacy of patients—all patients—in the records and details of their treatments. If the Attorney General can subpoena the records of women who have had an abortion, there is nothing to stop him from subpoenaing other medical records. This is incredibly troubling.”
Cabou insists that Brnovich’s request is due to an “animus” toward a women’s right to her own healthcare and reproductive rights. Cabou is also accusing Brnovich of violating federal and state privacy laws, the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and doctor-patient agreements.
According to the clinic, which is located in Phoenix, this isn’t the first time that Brnovich has tried to obtain medical records about abortion care and fetal tissue donations. The first time was in 2015, when the attorney general’s office demanded that Camelback Family Planning provide documents about donated fetal tissue. The clinic, which has been open for 20 years, produced patient-consent forms to satisfy Brnovich’s ridiculous requirements.
In a statement, Dr. Goodrick stated that the clinic had not been “donating, selling, or otherwise surrendering fetal organs or tissue for any purpose other than its immediate destruction” since August 2015. Yet, Brnovich isn’t giving up, and is joined by several anti-choice Republicans that make up the legislative and executive branches in the state.
Camelback Family Planning has applied for a preliminary injunction, stating that Brnovich is motivated by his “pro-life” stance, which has encouraged him to staff his office with like-minded anti-choice conservatives.
The court filing states:
“The Attorney General will not deviate from its position that it is entitled to learn the identities of certain of Plaintiffs’ patients, to review the unredacted medical records of those patients, and to examine Dr. Goodrick under oath about those patients.”
Brnovich is trying to claim that the clinic has violated the Consumer Fraud Act, calling the clinic a “company” and its patients “consumers”.
Camelback Family Planning is insisting that the attorney general’s office “blithely insists that it is entitled to identify and examine the records of these patients because ‘a company simply cannot conceal from law enforcement the identities of the consumers involved in a possible Consumer Fraud Act violation by the company.’”
The GOP is going after women’s rights more than ever now, and it knows that with Trump in office, the party has a better chance than ever at succeeding. This should terrify all of us, as Trump has already started setting the country back decades.
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