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Reader Poll: “Would you support legislation that would require the state to publish the names of each doctor who performs an abortion and detailed statistics (not her name) about the woman having the procedure?”

In Abortion on March 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Here’s the question we asked our readers:

“Would you support legislation that would require the state to publish the names of each doctor who performs an abortion and detailed statistics (not her name) about the woman having the procedure?”

Here’s how readers responded:

60 Percent                   Yes

37 Percent                   No

3 Percent                     Unsure

 We came to ask this question because of a proposed bill in the state of Tennessee that would require the stateto publish the names of each doctor who performs an abortion and detailed statistics about the woman having the procedure…”

We should all be able to agree that publishing the name of the woman who has the abortion is a very bad and unethical idea, but obtaining the statistical information on women is the best way to understand what can be done to help these women and given them options other than abortion.

A case can be made, however, that publishing the names of the abortionist may be an effective deterrent to abortion.  The bill’s opposition claims that it will bring violence to abortionists, but we suspect the higher likelihood is that abortionist will be shamed out of doing abortions.   Most people in the medical field are proud of what they do and would be happy for the free publicity to aid their practice.  So if the abortionist has some reason for not wanting people to know about his actions, perhaps they need to reconsider a different line of work.

  1. My biggest worry is that doctors would refuse to do any kind of abortion in order to keep in business, and that people with legitimate reasons like life-threatening ectopic pregnancies, would be forced to put money in the pockets of low-quality abortion clinics who would use it to fund other shady programs. Part of me is okay with this legislation, it’s just that I think that focusing on moving people away from clinics that actively focus on promiscuity and ending life and towards making better informed medical choices should be the priority. Doctors are a lot more familiar with the side-effects than brush-off-the-consequences Planned Parenthood which is doing abortions assembly-line style. I don’t think there is a huge statistic shortage either–we know who is doing it: cohabiting women, promiscous college girls, non-whites, and foreigners who value males. The problem is people aren’t reaching out to these specific groups. There is a lot of help for teen moms and some growing support for blacks but that’s about it.

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