Sen. Jim DeMint (R-Jerkburg) ups the ante in the “Pro-Lifers are the only people who vote” Republican poker game.
The amendment could bar discussion of abortion over the Internet or through videoconferencing, even if a woman’s health is at risk and if this kind of communication with her doctor is her best option to receive care.
“Sen. DeMint is so obsessed with attacking a woman’s right to choose that he’s using an agriculture and transportation bill to advance his agenda,” [Nancy] Keenan said . . “This kind of political gamesmanship jeopardizes women’s health and privacy and is out of touch with our country’s values and priorities” . .
“What about a woman experiencing a high-risk pregnancy who is talking with her doctor through video conferencing?” Keenan said . . “It is impractical, ridiculous, and, most importantly, bad for women in rural or remote areas who would not be able to discuss the full set of options with their doctor.”
I don’t know how the legislation is written, but DeMint is not known for his intelligence or his subtlety. I wouldn’t be surprised that a husband and wife communicating by e-mail could break his law. The Feds could subpoena their g-mail accounts.