New Oklahoma Abortion Law requires online disclosure

This is REALLY messed up.
Via Think Progress:

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

When I first read this headline, I assumed this was one of the crazy proposed but not signed into law bills that get introduced all the time. Nope, this one already passed and will be enacted within a month. Turns my stomach.
Obviously it’s a huge violation of privacy, even without a name attached to the requirements. Totally a way to scare women into not having abortions.
Imagine these kinds of requirements for other medical procedures? Plastic surgeries, or vasectomies, or anything else? It’s absurd beyond belief.
Luckily, according to Jezebel, the Center for Reproductive Rights is challenging the law. Let’s hope they win.
More at Feminists for Choice, Jezebel and Think Progress. Updated: Check out the Broadsheet post on the story for more details.

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  • ikkin

    While they don’t intend to connect names for this project, I’m certain that in an invasion of privacy is still at hand.
    Step One: Get Pregnant
    Step Two: Make the 7 hour drive to Oklahoma
    Step Three: Abortion
    Step Four: Call my attorney

  • curlysunset911

    This is a ludicrous law. I think it will only discourage women from seeking abortions in this state. This is a major setback to woman’s rights in this state! Politicians are shameful at catering to one specific set of beliefs/supporters and not wavering from them. I wholeheartedly believe that is what is happening here. I am so glad to be in a state that has more sensible policies towards women and reproduction.

  • TD

    They could, if it were related to a narrowly defined investigative matter into a crime. e.g. if they received that information and it became part of the public record of a trial.
    But abortions are legal. Which is the real stumbling block for the Oklahoma legislature. They are asking for identifiable medical information about an individual relating to a lawful procedure, without a court order, or legal justification.
    Therefore they cannot claim a broad access to this information in the way they could in the case of child abuse. In the case of an abortion related to child abuse, the police would be notified about the child abuse, but they would then be bound by the laws regarding the privacy of the child.

  • Radically-Yours

    Wow, I didn’t even think about the doctors, but it is so true! I mean, we don’t need another doctor murdered like Dr. Tiller was!

  • class phemy

    Where is the state fiat that requires all male patients to disclose every unprotected coital event? This Oklahoma bureaucratic “documentation” is not just a privacy issue, but an equal rights issue as well. States frequently push minorities and immigrants into last-resort abortions in greater percentages than whites. This measure further stigmatizes patients for exercising their rights to services.

  • Phenicks

    This is definitely a catch 22. The positive part to it is that it would help break teh stigma. I know of women who DID NOT have abortions because they did not think they knew anyone personally who had one. So the inference of abortion as being something good to support but shameful and bad to do comes full force in the secrecy surrounding it.
    I say go for it you could NEVER prove that Mary was the 33 year old who had an abortion on 12/12 unless you followed her to the abortion clinic and sat there with her during the procedure.

  • Rachel

    If the state’s goal is truly to “prevent abortions,” they would be better served by investing the hundreds of thousands of dollars they’re throwing at this project in social programs that target reasons for unwanted pregnancies. This website would only reveal what has already been well established by numerous studies as factors in why women seek abortions. The fact that it’s, for the most part, academically irrelevant hints at its true meaning, which is to dissuade women from seeking out a LEGAL medical procedure.