Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Cincinnati Court Upholds Right to Privacy

Good Morning - I was born and raised in Cincinnati and left right after college, never to return. One of the reasons being that Cincinnati was so archly conservative that I felt I was suffocating under all that repressive history. And trying to curtail constitutional freedoms is part of that historical baggage. Who can ever forget one of Cincinnati's most shameful hours when Robert Mapplethorp's The Perfect Moment exhibit in 1990 resulted in the unsuccessful prosecution of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center and its director Dennis Barrie on charges of "pandering obscenity"?

But something wonderful happened recently that makes me think that there is hope for our constitutional guarantees in my birthplace.

A three-judge panel of the 1st Ohio District Court of Appeals on Friday unanimously ruled that a Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region clinic does not have to provide all records of abortions given to women under 18 to lawyers of a family who is suing the clinic.

Seeing courts uphold the right to privacy, especially in places like Cincinnati, Ohio, give me reason to believe that we will prevail in our long struggle to uphold a woman's right to self-determination.

As Becki Brenner, president and CEO for PPSOR, said, "This [ruling] is a victory for patients and their right to medical privacy" (AP/Cincinnati Post, 8/24).

And it is, big time!

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