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Oklahoma Prepares to Put Abortion Details Online

Starting Nov. 1, any woman who has an abortion in Oklahoma will have to fill out an extensive questionnaire that will subsequently be posted online. Supporters of the law say that the information will help healthcare officials reduce the number of abortions. They also reason that the answers must be posted online so academic researchers can access the data.

As you can imagine, the logic behind these assumed advantages, along with the entire premise of posting extensive information about individual abortions online, is flawed for various reasons. Here are a few:

  • Even though the questionnaire does not ask for name or address, the first eight questions alone most likely would be enough to identify a woman in a town of 200 or less.
  • The data will not be suitable for academic research because of the way it is collected. Since a woman could fill out a questionnaire each time she sees a doctor about seeking an abortion, her data could appear to represent more than one patient.
  • The questionnaire contains loaded language, such as: "Was there an infant born alive as a result of the abortion?"

Luckily, those opposed to the questionnaire and database have filed a lawsuit that will hopefully prevent the dubious law from going into force. What do you make of all this?

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runningesq runningesq 7 years
justanerd: what do you think is driving this ?
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 7 years
how does this have anything to do with the religious right or Jesus????
lawdawg08 lawdawg08 7 years
These people are so insane. This will also make the young women and their families targets for these anti abortion terrorists that blow up clinics and murder health care professionals that provide these services.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
This law sounds horribly illegal. It's making a person's private life public information, which, I think goes against quite a bit of medical standards and whatnot. Ah well, more dead women in Oklahoma thanks to the religious right.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I agree with everyone who has posted. I hope all the Republicans who whine incessantly about taxes are proud of the tax expenditure used to pay for the drafting, passage, and legal defense of this useless piece of moronic legislation.
medenginer medenginer 7 years
People who want this service will just go to a neighboring state since it's an invasion of privacy. Oklahoma is naive to think this tactic will detour abortion.
bigtonzilla bigtonzilla 7 years
That's bulls**t! As if its not a horrible experience/procedure to endure in the first place! NOT ok.
clareberrys clareberrys 7 years
Agreed with all above posters...this is disgusting and honestly is our country regressing? Because it seems that way. Starting to wish I lived in another country!
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
Hear hear Weffie! I am too SO GLAD to be Canadian.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I find this disgusting - nothing but a scare tactic aimed at shaming these women. How is this going to help healthcare officials reduce the number of abortions? The only way this will reduce abortions is because of the fear of possibly being identified.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Just a sad attempt to bully women into not getting abortions
lildorothyparker lildorothyparker 7 years
Weffie - I second that!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
What about HIPAA policies and violations?
runningesq runningesq 7 years
This is so clearly a violation of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which held that the government cannot place an undue burden on a woman seeking an abortion: "a legal restriction posing an undue burden was defined as one having "the purpose or effect of placing a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus." If this doesn't place a "substantial obstacle" in the woman's path - fear of ostracism, her private matters public - I don't know what does.
weffie weffie 7 years
OMGWTF! Not only is that a disgusting scare tactic, how is it in any way relevant what race your mother is? Just another reason I am SO THANKFUL to be Canadian!!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I have to agree with all the previous posters.
hanniebananz hanniebananz 7 years
incredibly stupid and outrageous
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