Yesterday, I linked to Egalia's post alerting us that my (no I did not vote for him) state Rep has filed a bill that would require a death certificate to be issued for an aborted fetus. In today's local paper, we find this story on the bill. What I want to point out, is Campfield's carefully worded attempt to make you assume he's had an original idea.
Campfield said he’s not aware of similar proposals being introduced in other states. Still, he said, it’s worth the attempt.
Well, maybe not this legislative year. New Hampshire introduced a death certificate requirement, several years ago.
Here is an attempt by a Montana state lawmaker, two years ago. The difference between this bill and Campfield's is the Montana bill had a privacy clause built into it. Campfield's does not.
Which leads me to the International Herald Tribune's version of the Campfield bill.
The move would help track how many abortions are performed in the state, said Representative Stacey Campfield, who introduced the bill.
But it also could create a public record of which women are having abortions.
Compile a database identifying exactly who is having an abortion. Which is pretty damn heinous. And Campfield himself gives us a clues as to his proposed invasion of privacy
"Hopefully we’ll be able to get a little information out of this," Campfield said.
As we find out from the local paper, near the end of the article, a report is filed within 10 days regarding the aborted fetuses. But this report, the requirements found at Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 68-3-505, does not include a woman's identifying information. Since the Department of Vital Statistics can already provide the number of aborted fetuses int he state and when they took place, that can't be the information Campfield desires.
A death certificate requires identifying information of the mother and/or father. This is a privacy issue.
The General shares his thoughts with Campfield.