Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2004 7:41 AM
Subject: A Message from Michelle Obama
"February 17, 2004
We have all been concerned lately with the rise of conservatism in this country, especially as it relates to women.
You've read the alarming news about the Justice Department's request for hospitals to turn over the private medical records of dozens of patients.
This cynical ploy is designed to intimidate a group of physicians and force them to drop their lawsuit seeking to have the so-called partial birth abortion ban ruled unconstitutional.
The fact remains, with no provision to protect the health of the mother, this ban on a legitimate medical procedure is clearly unconstitutional and must be overturned.
Attorney General Ashcroft and president bush believe so zealously in their cause that the privacy rights of patients are under assault.
They believe we have no federal right to privacy when it concerns our medical histories.
On March 16th, we have a chance to nominate a candidate who will be tireless in the fight to protect women.
It isn't simply about the right to choose, or privacy rights. It is about pay equity, about ending domestic violence, promoting health care around the world, and letting doctors decide treatment options, not federal judges..."