Aug. 31 ( – CNN reported Tuesday on legislation that Rep. Tom Bliley, a Virginia Republican who chairs the House Commerce Committee, plans to introduce next week giving the public access to doctors’ records relating to disciplinary actions and malpractice payments. “The American Medical Association has long opposed public release of the data bank information,” says CNN. “The doctors’ lobby contends the raw data on malpractice payments does not reflect either physician quality or competence, since only one of every five malpractice settlements involves negligence.”

Though the issue hasn’t been prominent, pro-life forces have for years sought more access to the malpractice records of doctors who offer abortion services in light of the number of incidents of harm to women during abortion procedures and the secrecy that invariably surrounds such cases.

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