Jill Stanek and her band of merry Forced Birthers have invaded the privacy of a woman (“Marie”), who recently died during a late-term abortion procedure in Maryland, and are violating HIPAA and common sense standards of decency to do so.
As Bridgette Dunlap describes in detail in her must-read new article “Unethical, Cruel, and Likely Illegal: Anti-Choicers Make Family’s Tragedy Public Without Their Consent,” Stanek has been gleefully blogging about Marie’s death, pretending to care about a woman that she never met but whose loss apparently cuts her to the core.
Not only has Stanek posted private medical information from sources untold, she has posted information that can have no other purpose but to harass Marie and her family. (In one post, Stanek linked to Marie’s baby registry, and when the registry was taken down by Marie’s family, Stanek updated her blog with a screenshot of the registry.) Stanek has also posted photos of Marie snagged from Pinterest, while strangers spurred on by Stanek’s tactics have been tweeting photographs of Marie’s husband leaving Marie’s funeral.
The Forced Birthers are having a field day with this, both online and off-, passing around pictures of Marie’s husband, lobbing accusations about Marie and her husband’s choices, and generally acting like assholes.
When asked to defend their actions, some Forced Birthers are wrapping themselves in the cloak of freedom of speech (a concept which they, of course, do not understand), while others are pointing to the publicity surrounding the death of Savital Halappanavar as justification for their disgusting behavior. )Never mind that Savital’s husband sought out media attention to help ensure that no other woman would have to die from lack of medical care like his wife did, and that Marie’s family did not seek this attention and have, in fact, decried it.)
But, what does that matter? Marie must be made an example of, even if doing so is cruel and unethical. Personally, I hope Marie’s family sues the pants off Jill Stanek. This really is deplorable behavior.
***You really should read the entire article.