Posted on | February 18, 2013 | 19 Comments
If there were a Pulitzer for stunning disingenuity, Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak would be a sure-fire winner: Jennifer Morbelli died after undergoing a late-term abortion and Dvorak is concerned about violations of the dead woman’s privacy:
Her name and photo have appeared on protest signs, in blogs and in newspapers.
The intimate details of her medical records — probably leaked by someone with access to that information at the Germantown clinic where she got the abortion or the Rockville hospital where she died — should never have seen the light of day, let alone be broadcast at a rally the day after her death.
That pesky HIPAA privacy law, the one that forces you to fill out a bazillion forms whenever you go to the doctor, did absolutely nothing to stop this. . . .
Unless someone inside the clinic contacted the antiabortion groups, the only other possible source of such sensitive information is the hospital.
Of course, the hospital can’t even confirm that she was there or that she died there.
“We maintain a fierce commitment to protecting the privacy of our patients and their care,” said hospital spokeswoman Marissa Levine.
If there is a violation of HIPAA laws, hospital officials investigate and discipline. They have fired people for such violations. So are they investigating this one?
“I can tell you, whenever we see information in the public domain about patient care, we absolutely look into it, internally,” she said. . . .
The protesters are exploiting this woman’s death and making other women think that their privacy is never truly protected when they seek an abortion.
Petula Dvorak evidently believes that the abortion industry should be shielded by such an ironclad cloak of secrecy that even when their patients die, these deaths are not actually news, and that anyone who reports this news is guilty of wrongdoing — as if reporting her death is worse than causing her death. Steven Ertlelt reminds us that Jennifer Morbelli’s death is now the subject of multiple investigations:
Following a new probe started by local officials, the Maryland Attorney General has opened an investigation into the late-term abortion practitioner who killed a Morbelli. The Maryland Attorney General’s office is not specifically looking into Morbelli’s death but it is looking at illegal dumping by the abortion clinic that could result in fines or other form of punishment.
Operation Rescue told LifeNews today that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has ties to Carhart. The group says the links raise concerns that she may attempt to interfere in ongoing investigations involving Carhart.
The attempt to suppress the identity of Dr. LeRoy Carhart’s victim is clearly intended to render Jennifer Morbelli a mere statistic, a faceless “Jane Doe,” in order to conceal the profoundly tragic human reality of this young kindergarten teacher’s death. And there has actually been talk of legal action against reporters: “Does Bridgette Dunlap really think that Jill Stanek can be successfully sued?”
We should not be shocked. If they had any integriy, any conscience or any respect for truth, they wouldn’t be liberals, would they?
- Feb. 8: Doctor Death: 29-Year-Old Patient Dies After Late-Term Abortion in Maryland UPDATE: Complete Media Blackout by Feminists, Major News Organizations
- Feb. 10: Finally: Washington Post Covers Death of Woman at Maryland Abortion Clinic
- Feb. 11: Carhart Victim Identified: N.Y. Woman Sought Abortion for ‘Fetal Abnormalities’
- Feb. 11: How Many More Women Will Die Before Abortionist LeRoy Carhart Is Stopped?
- Feb. 11: Despite Death in Carhart Clinic, Fanatics Want to Open Abortion Clinic in Wichita
- Feb. 12: Media Embargo Slowly Crumbling on Jennifer McKenna Morbelli’s Death
- Feb. 12: Maryland Attorney General Investigates Abortionist Linked in Woman’s Death
- Feb. 13: Why Does @BridgetteDunlap Want to Suppress the Truth About Abortion?
- Feb. 13: They Buried Jennifer Morbelli Today
- Feb. 15: Meet @BridgetteDunlap, Fordham’s Campus Commissar of ‘Human Rights’