On November 1, a new law passed in Oklahoma will require all women to publish to the state that they have had an abortion. Upon receiving that information the state will then publish that information for all to see on their website. What all information will women have to provide to the state?
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
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/08/oklahoma-abortion-law-det_n_313779.html
The only information that the woman won't have to supply is their name. But please, this is Oklahoma. If a person wants to they will be able to go onto this website and guess who it is, then they will be able to harass that woman (whether they guess right or not).
Let's be honest here, this is a complete violation of privacy, which most states in the Union prohibit. I understand that many of you see abortion as an abhorrent act and whatever comes to these women are well deserved. But let me put it to you another way. Let's say that Nebraska (yes I know that it will never happen) passes a new law that requires that every person who buys a gun must willingly give all of their information (save their name) to the state and then state will publish all that information on its website for anyone in the world to see. Would you not feel that your privacy was being completely violated.
Not only is this a clear violation of privacy, it's also a violation of the supreme law in the land, the Constitution. For those that value protecting all of the Constitution, and not just the sections that fit our personal politics best, this law is absolutely scary. Their are actually two amendments that this law violates, the 9th (The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.) and the 14th (No State shall... deprive any person of life, liberty, or property,
without due process of law.). The most common debate that will come out of this is that neither the 9th or 14th or any part of the Constitution actually states "Right to Privacy". They would be correct. But this case, which will more than likely make its way to the the Supreme Court will give the court the opportunity to either agree with other Supreme Court decisions holding up these two amendments or disagree.
Whatever your beliefs are or your morals, putting up information of people that have not violated the law as it now stands for something that other people consider immoral is nothing more than harassment and it should be seen that way.
--Other websites used in this blog (including the transcript of the law, which is HB 1595) are:
This could be a busy day for me as I am finishing this particular blog I am writing another. Good day.