Thursday, April 5, 2007

Good cause, dangerous precedent - a classic enigma with no immediately apparent right answer:
The Palmetto Family Council [is] a pro-life group in Columbia, S.C. that is marshalling support for a bill that would require a woman to view an ultrasound image of her unborn child before having an abortion....

I wonder here about the long arm of the state: Should the government be able, in the context of a private and legal medical consultation, to compel a person to receive certain information? The state can require doctors to provide the information, but that is not the same as requiring the patient to receive it.

I say no.

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