Letters to the Editor

Letter: Invasion of privacy

Isn’t health information supposed to be private? What exactly is HIPAA supposed to protect? Because as a woman, I’d like to know why the members of Congress and state legislators get to see my health records to find out whether or not I’m pregnant. Talk about a perverse invasion of privacy.  By voting on abortion — for or against — these politicians are not only invading the privacy of millions of women, they are trying to take control of an issue they truly know nothing about, particularly since most of them are men. They are politicians — not doctors, health care workers or scientists. Why are we even allowing them to speak about something that should be 100% private in the first place? Pregnancy is between a woman and her doctor. End of story. If she doesn’t want to tell Congress, she shouldn’t have to.

This invasion of privacy puts our mostly male legislators directly in the doctor’s office and private examination room of every woman in the country. It’s like having Mitch McConnell standing behind my gynecologist, peering over their shoulder, then telling the doctor what he, the politician, thinks the doctor should do. My opinion isn’t even taken into consideration. It’s disgusting, not to mention infuriating.  For politicians, abortion is nothing more than a tool used for the purposes of getting elected. In the courts, it is a way for judges to decide who is moral and who is not. Sadly, it’s too late to take abortion away from the politicians or the courts.  

The Supreme Court has it now — the conservative court that can’t wait to shove its morals down our throats, your privacy be damned. Neither the Legislature nor the courts should have ever gotten into our doctors’ offices in the first place.  

— Jackie Endsley

Eagle River

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