New Oklahoma law re: abortion records

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Registered: 04-20-2009
New Oklahoma law re: abortion records
Thu, 10-08-2009 - 12:28pm

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
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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Registered: 03-07-2008
Sat, 10-10-2009 - 2:05pm
I'll have a pretty pink handbasket with brown ribbon bows, please ;-)
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Registered: 10-11-2005
Sat, 10-10-2009 - 2:13pm

My basket needs to orange & black and crimson and gray. LOL my kitties now think I'm losing it with all of the LOL I'm doing.


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Registered: 03-07-2008
Sat, 10-10-2009 - 2:48pm
Oooooh pretty. Sorry to make your kitties think you're nuts.
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Registered: 06-24-2009
Mon, 10-12-2009 - 9:32am

Because the information is useless to academics - who can't filter the multiple visits by women to different physicians, and the information is so's only possible purpose is to intimidate women.

Especially in smaller communities where that information could be enough to identify a woman. For instance Master's degree, three kids, age 36, divorced, would have been enough to identify my mother, who was a teacher in the small town where I grew up.