In the American state of Oklahoma, a law requiring the details of abortions to be published on a public website is set to take effect on November 1, 2009.
While HB1595 does not require the publishing of names, the questionnaire that is to be filled out certainly contains plenty of identifying details that should have Oklahoman woman fleeing the state to have their pregnancies terminated. Certainly women in rural areas will have no hope of anonymity.
And not surprisingly, the text of HB1595 contains a reference to the "Unborn child", in one of the questions women will be required to answer as part of undergoing the procedure.
I'm not sure why this is just making the rounds now, but I could have missed it back in May when it was signed into law as a "reporting [and] compliance bill" according to an anti-choice site.
And in case anyone thinks this is a thinly veiled attempt to undermine a woman's right to choose, think again. It's not veiled at all.
Representative Dan Sullivan and Senator Todd Lamb are the authors of the legislation that Lauinger says is a key to helping further reduce the number of abortions in the state.
Courthouse News Service reports that two women are challenging the law.
The Oklahoma law, H.B. 1595, also changed definitions of abortion terms, used terms already thrown out by a court and barred certain procedures for the first time, according to the filing.