For those of you who are concerned about bills which effect women, this one is a doozie. Last week the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed HB 1595 which creates the statistical reporting for abortion act and a state run website to post this information for all to see.
Does the report list your name? Of course not silly, the list of questions to ask the patient having the abortion are so extensive, a woman could be identified should she live in a rural community. Here is a sample of the questions to be asked should this bill make through the Senate:
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
A woman could be identified with the first eight questions on the form in a town of two hundred. Now why would legislators feel the need to post this information on the internet? To harass women who had an abortion? I wonder if the 93 legislators who voted to pass this bill feel better about themselves? Will Rep. Daniel Sullivan sleep better at night knowing this website is up and running?
You know what would make me sleep better is stopping any anti-choice legislation from passing in the Oklahoma Legislature this year. Call your Senator today and ask them not to support HB 1595. Click here if you want to learn who your senator is for your district.
Give it a rest...really.