“Hands off our healthcare!” shriek the teabaggers. But oddly enough, they’re not shrieking about a new law in Oklahoma that will force women having abortions to have their detailed gynecological history posted publicly online by the government in an Orwellian “Abortion Report“:
A new Oklahoma law will require the details of every abortion to be posted on a public website. Proponents say this will prevent abortion — apparently by shaming and burdening women and doctors.
The law (which you can look at here — it’s HR 1595) mandates that a 34-item questionnaire be filled out by abortion providers for each procedure. The questionnaire doesn’t include the woman’s name or “any information specifically identifying the patient,” but it does ask for age, race, level of education, marital status, number of previous pregnancies, and the county in which the abortion was performed, information which opponents of the bill argue would be enough to identify a woman in a small town. The questionnaire also asks about the mother’s reason for the abortion, her method of payment, and even what type of insurance she has, as well as whether the fetus received anaesthetic and whether there was “an infant born alive as a result of the abortion.”
Rachel Maddow discusses this sick authoritarian joke of a law:
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If anti-choicers can’t change the law and can’t change peoples’ minds, as it’s becoming increasingly apparent that they can’t, they’ll do their goddamnedest to at least publicly shame and humiliate women who have the procedure. What’s next, a scarlet letter? Abortions in the public square?
UPDATE: Great minds and all that…