Sunday, March 06, 2005

Banshee Ventures Out

It doesn't take a lot of courage to post my thoughts on various topics here in the relative seclusion of my own blogsite. Venturing out to voice lengthy opinions on someone else's blogsite, well, that's a different story. That's especially true when the blogsite belongs to someone you know.

The author of a blog entitled Inner Monologues recently published a post about the Attorney General of Kansas' recent requests for the medical records from some abortion clinics in the state. This post from Inner Monologues describes the situation pretty fairly and provides a link to a report on the story. Basically, the Kansas AG's office is investigating illegal abortion and statutory rape. In pursuit of this investigation, the Kansas AG's office has demanded the unedited medical records from certain abortion clinics. This request includes the records of approximately 90 patients. Of course, the abortion clinics have resisted. The clinics have offered a compromise of providing edited medical histories that do not include, among other things, the names and addresses of these women and girls.

The author of Inner Monologues is a deep thinking individual and a dear friend of the Banshee. She raises an interesting debate about the conflict between the interests of personal privacy and the power of the state to enforce its laws. The Inner Monologues post pretty clearly takes the position that the Kansas AG has no legitimate reason to be making this request. The overall tone of the post implies that the Kansas AG has some sort of hidden agenda or is trying to satisfy some sort of paternalistic and slightly pruient interest.

As a prosecutor, Wild Banshee could not resist commenting on this post. If you'd like to read some of the Banshee's thoughts on this post and the power and responsibility of prosecutors, follow the link to read the Inner Monologues post and then read the comments.

If you feel the desire to make your own comments at Inner Monologues, please respect the author's desires avoid the underlying debate on the morality of abortion. Comments should be restricted to the topic of the original post.