New Oklahoma law re: abortion records

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New Oklahoma law re: abortion records
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Thu, 10-08-2009 - 12:28pm

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/10/08/oklahoma-abortion-online/


New Oklahoma law will publicy post details of women’s abortions online.

On Nov. 1, a law in Oklahoma will go into effect that will collect personal details about every single abortion performed in the state and post them on a public website. Implementing the measure will “cost $281,285 the first year and $256,285 each subsequent year.” Here are the first eight questions that women will have to reveal:



1. Date of abortion
2. County in which abortion performed
3. Age of mother
4. Marital status of mother
(married, divorced, separated, widowed, or never married)
5. Race of mother
6. Years of education of mother
(specify highest year completed)
7. State or foreign country of residence of mother
8. Total number of previous pregnancies of the mother
Live Births
Miscarriages
Induced Abortions


Although the questionnaire does not ask for name, address, or “any information specifically identifying the patient,” as Feminists for Choice points out, these eight questions could easily be used to identify a woman in a small community. “They’re really just trying to frighten women out of having abortions,” Keri Parks, director of external affairs at Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma, said. The Center for Reproductive Rights is challenging the law, arguing that “it violates the Oklahoma Constitution because it ‘covers more than one subject’ — a challenge that previously worked to strike down an abortion ultrasound law.”

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Thu, 10-08-2009 - 1:47pm

So what is the state saying is the official reason for gathering and posting this information?

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Registered: 04-20-2009
Thu, 10-08-2009 - 2:55pm

I'm having trouble finding anything other than opinion pieces on this legislation.


http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/feature/2009/10/07/okla_abortion/


"The law's supporters claim they want this information to be made public so it can be used for "academic research," but according to the Center for Reproductive Rights, its collection method makes it useless for that purpose. (If a woman sees more than one doctor concerning her abortion -- primary care and abortion provider, say -- the data, collected each visit, will appear to represent more than one patient.)"


And here's the actual law. http://www.sos.state.ok.us/documents/Legislation/52nd/2009/1R/HB/1595.pdf


Ok, I've found some articles about it in Oklahoma newspapers. The article I read focuses on the first part of the legislation, which makes it illegal for an abortion provider to perform an abortion if they know the woman is aborting solely because of the gender of the fetus.


“As designer babies become more prevalent, we must do all we can to ensure unborn children are not killed simply because a dad always dreamed of having a son,” said (Representative Dan)Sullivan, R-Tulsa. “The reporting requirement in this bill will also give Oklahomans detailed information about the abortions that are performed in our state on an annual basis.”


http://www.tulsabeacon.com/?p=1547

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Fri, 10-09-2009 - 3:36am

“The reporting requirement in this bill will also give Oklahomans detailed information about the abortions that are performed in our state on an annual basis.”

To what end? Is detailed information *already* provided for every other medical procedure in Oklahoma? Will it be, if it isn't already? And how will it be monitored for accuracy? By whom? Also, is this just supposed to be for people in OK? How is access limited to only people in that state, e.g. security measures?

At best it's a frivolous waste of funds in an terrible economic time and people in OK should be incised that their money is being wasted on such a poorly thought out, pointless project. At worst it has the (strong, IMO) potential to oust women who have made this private, often tragic (not necessarily in the sense of regret, but in the sense that they were in the position to have to make such a choice in the first place - KWIM?) choice. In which case, Oklahomans should be up in arms fighting for their right to medical privacy as this is a clear step in the erosion of that right.

Either way, it's a bad idea and paves the way for similar ideas to take root.

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Registered: 03-07-2008
Fri, 10-09-2009 - 4:23am
If it were me I'd lie to screw the figures. I'm sure plenty of women will do that. So the "statistic gathering" exercise will be a very expensive mis representation.
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Fri, 10-09-2009 - 5:18am

*jawdesk*


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Registered: 04-20-2009
Fri, 10-09-2009 - 3:50pm

ITA! I think it's a scare tactic aimed at women who are already in a difficult position. "You want to have an abortion? Sure, but just know that every. single. person. in this state is going to know all about it. Right this way, please!"


Pathetic.

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Fri, 10-09-2009 - 5:48pm

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Exactly. If it were me, they couldn't make me do SQUAT.

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Sat, 10-10-2009 - 12:39pm

>If it were me I'd lie to screw the figures. I'm sure plenty of women will do that. So the "statistic gathering" exercise will be a very expensive mis representation.<

I was thinking the very same thing, how dare they, just who do they think they are GOD? I can lie like the best of them RIGHT WING hipaquits (just ask my dh)

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Sat, 10-10-2009 - 1:22pm
I think they'd like to think they were closer than the rest of us but TFB. Mess with me and I will use my God given brain to screw with you :-D
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Sat, 10-10-2009 - 1:58pm

You me both, I just love to screw with their head, the more the better. Aren't we just going to go to hell in a hand basket? But we are going to have a good time before we go! LOL Drive'm nuts before we go!

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