Dems seek stronger HIPAA privacy for abortion patients

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Democratic senators are urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to strengthen federal health privacy protections for abortion patients.

The United States must do more to protect the privacy of abortion patients in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which allows states more latitude to decide abortion access, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and 29 of her colleagues told HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra in a Sept. 13 letter.

Some states have moved quickly to restrict or outlaw abortion, making it a crime to seek the procedure or provide it.

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