Friday, February 27, 2009

HB 1595 Passes in the House...

Not surprising HB 1595, which creates the "statistcal abortion reporting act", passed in the House 93 Ayes to 4 Nays votes. This bill is bad because the reporting requirements, which would be listed on a state run website, is so detailed that you could actually identify in rural towns who had an abortion.

Why would our legislators (minus Rep. Ryan Kiesel, Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, Rep. Mike Shelton and Rep. Al McAffrey) want to add more pain and anguish to an already difficult decision? So do-gooders in the community could hunt down the woman who decided to terminate an unwanted pregnancy and paint a red A on her door? Not to mention this bill has a fiscal impact report attached to it to the tune of more than $280,000!

When Oklahoma is struggling with a $900 million budget shortfall, tack on another $280,000 so we can see this website!

Now is the time to start calling your Senators and asking for them to vote no to hearing the bill in committee.

Do not assume that you won't be heard, please, please, please call...

6 comments:

Hummingbird said...

This is truly sad for the women of Oklahoma and the nation really.

I am going to do a write up on it on my blog site in support of you...not this bill.

I am so sorry. It is a sad day for Women's Right's.

Anonymous said...

I am truely sickened by this bill. We are headed down a slippery slope that has a very bad ending. This is a call to action for all who support CHOICE!

Kathryn said...

How does this infringe on anyone's "rights" to choose whether or not to keep or abort their child? On the contrary, women in Oklahoma will still have the "right" to choose. What this house bill does is provide general public statistics that are confidential to the specific women who had an abortion(s). This bill will provide an accurate report of the demographics (race, educational level, etc) of women who choose to abort. At most, this bill may cause women contemplating an abort to accept responsibility for their child and discern what impact their choice may have on the greater society. The truth of the matter is, we are communal beings, so what some deem as solitary or private choice, which, on the contrary is not, (it is a choice that effects tax payers dollars-- i.e. women who are on medicaid who get abortions) should have some public awareness of it.

Anonymous said...

Kathryn, should we also have a website databasing everyone who has an affair, or people who have premarital sex. Must people go on record for being an atheist or queer? You do not recognize that choosing abortion is already a big, tough decision that should not be influenced by law. We ARE communal beings, and those communities should be small, private, compassionate, and supportive. There are too many extremists who would harm (verbally or physically) those who choose abortion, who are not in these women's close communities. Please recognize the fallacy in your argument. Community does not mean "a state-run website with your private information". Don't do disservice to this important and meaningful word, "community".

batchokc said...

Oklahoma law requires women seeking abortion to undergo a "transvaginal ultrasound" before the procedure, wherein the doctor or technician inserts a probe transducer into the woman's vagina that can be manipulated while the sonogram screen is being viewed.
An online diagram of the procedure appears to support the observation that this procedure - against the woman's will - could fit the legal definition of "rape by intstrumentation."
Backers of a lawsuit challenging the bill say Oklahoma is the only state to require that the ultrasound screen be turned toward the woman during the procedure and that, during the procedure, the doctor describe what is on the screen, including various dimensions of the fetus.
Transvaginal ultrasound is a method of imaging the genital tract in females. A hand held probe is inserted directly into the vagina. The probe is moved within the vaginal cavity to scan the pelvic structures, while ultrasound pictures are viewed on a monitor.
- - Nathaniel Batchelder

Anonymous said...

This bill is simply requiring that the current laws and proceedures to preforming an abortion are donem, and at the same time providing some statistical annalysis as to which women are getting abortions. Unlike what the story up top says, there is no real way to identify the individual who is getting an abortion. There are no Rural Abortion clinics in Oklahoma.