Oklahoma Law To Post Abortion Data Online

Under a new law, the Oklahoma Department of Health will begin to post detailed information on abortions performed in the state. Doctors will be required to submit a form for each abortion they perform. The patient's name is not included in the form, but information such as her age, race, and reason for obtaining an abortion will be collected.

Having the government come between the doctor and patient in a way that threatens confidentiality is out of place for a conservative state.  I can understand the need to collect detailed statistics on abortions. However, posting the information on a publicly-available website seems odd. I hope that the law is construed so that only collective, general information will be posted, not the contents of each single abortion report.

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