Move over, Hester Prynne:
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:
- Date of abortion
- County in which abortion performed
- Age of mother
- Marital status of mother
- Race of mother
- Years of education of mother
- State or foreign country of residence of mother
- Total number of previous pregnancies of the mother
Oklahoma's Department of Health argues that there is "no cause for concern or protest in regards to privacy issues" because the
whore woman isn't required to give her name, but quite obviously it wouldn't be too hard to crack the code for those living in small communities.
The Department of Health will also need to know:
... the method of payment; the cost of the abortion; the type of medical health insurance; whether an ultrasound was given; and the nature of the mother's relationship with the father.
... all to "prevent abortions based on the gender of the fetus," the alleged reason for the law. No explanation on how this information, publicly posted after the fact, will prevent an abortion -- but of course the threat of having ones private life publicly exposed might do the trick.