Saturday, June 09, 2007

Whats done in secret will be shouted from the rooftops

This little excerpt written by Steve Kraske for the Kansas City Star and published on May 19th underscores my previous concerns. Senator Loudon was subsequently stripped of his committee chairmanship for what he did. On the other hand, 48 years of midwifery criminalization was ended-maybe. The opposition will surely have a response as they openly plan ways to nullify the newly minted law.

"Last week’s little flareup in the Missouri Capitol involving Sen. John Loudon dropped that dark little coprolite of legislative reality into the sunshine. Loudon is a longtime advocate of a law that would allow midwives who are not medically licensed to deliver babies at home.
But he’d been stymied — until about 10 days ago when he slipped language to legalize midwifery into an insurance bill. Loudon camouflaged his intent further by using a fancy word, “tocological,” which refers to delivering babies.
No one caught it, at least at first. The bill passed.
When Loudon’s stunt came to light, a lot of senators were embarrassed, if only because they were caught red-handed. They hadn’t read the bill. How can that be? Two points:
1. What Loudon did was Mickey Mouse. Senate protocol demands that members be upfront about their legislation. Loudon has managed to undermine his integrity for the rest of his days in the Senate."

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