Betty on the News: Oklahoma to Release Abortion Patient Info
A new law in Oklahoma will require all women seeking an abortion to answer 37 questions about themselves, the results of which will be posted on a public website.
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
In less than two weeks, doctors in Oklahoma will be required to release information about all women who have abortions in the state, the details of which will be posted on a public website.
Abortion rights advocates have lashed out at the new law that takes effect on Nov. 1st, claiming that is it’s a violation of patient privacy rights and that posting a patient’s information, such as her race, marital status, financial circumstances, years of education, number of pregnancies, and her reason for seeking an abortion, will intimidate women and prevent them from an obtaining an abortion.
“These are women who are already in a tragic situation, and the law will expose them about a very, very personal matter,” said Lora Joyce Davis, an Oklahoma resident who has already filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the new measure from taking affect. “It’s a violation of patient privacy rights to put that information up there.” (Fox News)