In her latest opinion column in Peterborough This Week, Sarah Frank asks, “Can’t Anything Be Private Anymore?” Frank starts her article with a general discussion about personal privacy:
Living in a society driven by new technologies and steered by highly-specialized marketing techniques, it’s no surprise that our level of personal privacy is declining — and has been for some time now.
For the most part, we’re willing participants.
Then she gets to specifics:
This week we learned that more than 200 abortion files were inappropriately accessed at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. If the line should be anywhere, I sure hope it’s there.
And to be clear, this isn’t a debate over whether the procedures should be legal or whether they should be covered by OHIP, but as a disclaimer, know that I consider myself a member of the ‘pro-choice’ camp.
But should the fact that abortion files were breached be given special attention?
Frank answers the question with an unequivocal “Yes” and goes on to explain why:
We’re not talking about cancer treatments or X-rays (as sensitive as those issues may be) — we’re talking about the decisions women made to abort a pregnancy, which is arguably one of the most intimate, life-changing and controversial decisions a woman can make.
The woman who’s been accused of accessing those files maintains she’s done nothing wrong. So, I’ll say this to the person or people who did access those files: How dare you.
You’ve taken our decline in privacy to a brand new low.
It should come as no surprise that the “woman who’s been accused” is identified as “a high-profile anti-abortion campaigner.” She failed to act professionally and ethically while she was a a health information clerk at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC); she invaded the privacy of 201 women because of her anti-abortion stance:
she used to protest outside the hospital with the Peterborough Pro-Life group during her lunch hour on Saturdays.
Greater love has no woman than this: that a woman gives up her lunch hour to protest a woman’s right to autonomy. Yes, how dare she be so disgusting.