Doctors to act as spies for Big Brother Government
- A Federalized medical profession is now urged to "screen" their patients for guns in the home and domestic violence.
- The report says domestic violence could cause "reproductive coercion".
Police State - Comrade Obama released 23 executive actions and orders to limit gun usage.
Order 16, for example, might raise serious concerns with privacy advocates. The order, as summarized, states Federal agencies will “clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes,” reports Newsmax.
But now there is the beating of drums for women of childbearing age to undergo screening for domestic violence and "other" forms of abuse while visiting their doctor or clinic, according to a recommendation published online Monday by an influential panel of medical experts that advises the Federal government reports the Los Angeles Times.
That recommendation, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, marks a significant change from 2004 when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force found insufficient evidence to support screenings for so-called intimate partner violence, or IPV.
Now, citing new evidence, the task force said that screening women for IPV with a list of standard questions showed a "moderate net benefit," while the risks associated with disclosing abuse were small.
If abuse is confirmed, physicians should provide patients with, or refer them to, intervention services, the panel said. Such services include counseling, home visits, information cards, community service referrals and mentor programs. Naturally these programs will be either government funded or staffed by Big Government Employees.
The guidelines apply only to women aged 14 to 46 who do not show obvious signs of physical or sexual abuse that would otherwise prompt questions from healthcare providers.
Though the report acknowledged that women of childbearing age were not the only people who suffered abuse at the hands of former or current intimate partners, evidence was still insufficient to recommend broader screenings, the authors said.
Intimate partner violence includes physical violence, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, stalking and reproductive coercion — intimidation that increases the risk of unplanned pregnancy.
Screening for domestic violence is recommended by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for women of all ages.
Other organizations, such as the American Medical Assn., encourage physicians to inquire about abuse in all patients as part of medical history.
(Los Angeles Times)