a new oklahoma law requires physicians to disclose detailed information on women's abortions
to the state's department of health, which will then post the collected data on a public website. the controversial measure comes into effect on november 1 and will cost
$281,285 to implement, $256,285 each subsequent year to maintain.
oklahoma women undergoing abortion procedures will be legally forced to reveal
1) date of abortion
2) county in which abortion is performed
3) age of mother
4) marital status of mother
5) race of mother
6) years of education of mother
7) state or foreign country of residence of mother
8) total number of previous pregnancies of the mother
proponents of the legislation claim that women should not be concerned over their privacy since no names or "personal information" will be reported. this defense is questionable. feminists for choice argues
, "in reviewing the actual text of the law, the first 8 questions that will be asked and reported could easily be used to identify any member of a smaller community."
the center for reproductive rights, former state rep. wanda jo stapleton (d-okla.), and okla. resident lora joyce david have filed a lawsuit
to prevent this contentious abortion bill from going into effect, on the grounds that it violates the state's constitution.
i know the lawsuit involves the state constitution, but how is this not a hipaa violation? true, there are no patient names, but i think you could identify a patient with that information. even if it doesn't violate hipaa, don't these patients have a right to privacy? despite how you feel about abortion, it's still a legal medical procedure. i don't think the state should force clinics to report patient demographics online for all to see. what exactly is the purpose of this law anyway?
Honestly it all seems like statistical stuff and I don't see how it can be used to identify anyone, so personally I wouldn't care giving out the info. Now if my name or birthday and initials and so on were being collected I would agree it's a breech of privacy, but it's no different then the census bureau IMO
Just to add, I am speaking only on if I think this is a breach of privacy, not on funding for this or any of that, I won't get into all the money we waist on all kinds of stuff. Batman is right though, very easy to lie on any of it. With that though, I don't see how anyone can be identified from it.
Last edit by ~Mi Vida Loca~RN on Oct 20, '09
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What a colossal waste of money. Feed the poor, help the homeless, buy books for a school...nah some crap stats are the much wiser choice. I hope some of the women can go to a neighboring state to avoid this idiocy.
I wonder if the genuises realize that the women can lie about half of what is on that list of questions. I can say I am married with 4 children at home and that I have a PhD. What are they going to do ask to meet my hubby and kids and to see a copy of my diploma? If I'm white and say I am Latino, Indian, or black not much they can do about that either. lol
You sound like me - the public school has gads of that kind of paperwork . . .I either refuse to fill that info out or I lie about it.
Last edit by Spidey's mom on Oct 21, '09