Saturday, October 24, 2009
State Court Temporarily Blocks Oklahoma Law Requiring Online Posting of Abortion Patient Data
LA Times: Judge bars restrictive Oklahoma abortion law requiring online posting of patient data, by Robin Abcarian:
While Californians mull whether a fetus is a person, a state judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of a new Oklahoma law that would require doctors to report detailed information about abortion patients, which would then be posted online.
The law, passed by a solid majority of the Oklahoma Legislature, would require physicians to report such information as age, marital status, race, number of children, education level and the mother’s relationship to the father. It would also require the reason for the abortion, the cost and the type of payment used. Names of patients would not be included in information that would be posted online by the state’s health department, but abortion rights advocates say because Oklahoma is such a small state it would not be difficult to identify some patients. Abortion rights advocates say the law would violate the privacy of patients and is an attempt to dissuade women from seeking abortions.
. . . A hearing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 4.