RE: Specimen containers and "confidentiality"
I failed to make myself clear to John Kiernan, and probably to others, in my
>> Here's a horror story that I'm pretty sure is not an "urban legend" -
according to one of the PATHO-L contributors, anti-abortion crazies in the
Houston area look for fetuses in hospital trash, in order to harass the
mothers - as determined by the container label! (Can you imagine a grieving
parent having to put up with THAT!)<<
The fetuses in question had not been therapeutically aborted, but rather were
the products of spontaneous fetal loss, and one certainly would expect
grieving parents in this circumstance. Whatever your stand on abortion is,
it's clearly wrong to harass parents who have just lost a baby. - Abortions
are almost never performed in hospitals in the USA, and it didn't occur to me
to make this point clear in writing about an incident that happened in a
hospital pathology service.
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