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A new Oklahoma law that forces women who have had abortions to post details of the procedure online is being sharply criticized by women's rights groups, and is now being challenged in court by two Oklahoma women.
As of November 1, doctors in Oklahoma will be compelled -- under penalty of criminal prosecution -- to post the details of each abortion they perform online. Among the details to be posted for every abortion is the patient's age, marital status and race; her financial condition; her education; and the total number of her previous pregnancies.
Originally posted by StinkyFeet
reply to post by whaaa
All they are doing is gathering statistics and posting them online. Not like they are putting the womens name and address on there.
Even though this is the case, I don't think a little shame would be so bad for a woman that is on like her 3rd or more abortion. I think by strike three, maybe we should give her forced sterilization, since she obviously cannot control herself.
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
reply to post by StinkyFeet
Wow, have you not been banned yet? Hmph...strange.
In any case this is appauling and should not be taking place. What would the reasons be for this kind of "statistics" gathering. It serves no purpose.
And yes I can think of people who would need more than one abortion, they are called rape victims and children in sex slave rings.
But you won't accept any of that as common sense..
Originally posted by hardamber
What's the big deal? Why not gather statistical information? When I have a proceedure done, I like to be able to read up on people's personal experiences. I wonder how many women would actually admit it was an awful choice to make and they regretted it immediately?
Yup, nothing wrong with being informed by someone who actually experiences something. This should help women make an even more informed "choice."
Empower people and give them all the facts.
Originally posted by gluetrap
There is nothing relating to the woman's personal experience that would help make a more informed decision regarding whether or not to get an abortion. This is age, city/town marital status, grade level, number of total pregnancies, number of live children etc.
This is all fine for statistical purposes, but there is no reason to include their age, hometown, and other indentifying information on a publicly accessed website.
One of the main concerns is that it could make it very easy to identify some women in the small communities of Oklahoma.
Originally posted by whitewave
There's nothing inherently wrong with gathering statistical information and yes Oklahoma has HIPPA laws protecting patient privacy. The hometown is the only one I can see being potentially an identifier. The rest is just numbers that don't point to an individual.
Though it does not ask for names, the form poses 37 questions detailing a woman's personal situation. Critics say the first eight questions alone could easily lead to the identification of a woman who lives in one of the state's many small communities.