Thursday, October 8, 2009
A new Oklahoma statute regulating abortion, formerly OK HB 1595, goes into effect November 1
The law requires publication of an "Annual Abortion Report" and forces doctors to give details about their patients under threat of criminal sanctions and loss of their medical license. The details include:
Date of abortion
County in which abortion performed
Age of mother
Marital status of mother (married, divorced, separated, widowed, or never married)
Race of mother
Years of education of mother (specify highest year completed)
State or foreign country of residence of mother
Total number of previous pregnancies of the mother - - - Live Births; Miscarriages; Induced Abortions.
The law also changed several statutory definitions and banned abortions sought "solely on account of the sex of the unborn child."