Women in Oklahoma might be surprised to learn that a bill that would require them to report their “marital status, age, race, education, number of live births, number of miscarriages, number of induced abortions, type of abortion and reason for the abortion” is, apparently, not about them at all.
“This is not about women,” said Sen. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City.
“It is about children in the womb deserving a life that got created. It is not about harassing women.”
Victims of rape or incest are not exempt from the reporting requirements.
Does this sound familiar? That’s because it was intended to become law last November, but Oklahoma courts struck down the measure as unconstitutional because the bill in which it was included addressed more than one issue at a time. The new, singularly focused Statistical Abortion Reporting Act passed the Oklahoma House on Monday and the Senate yesterday.
While some legislators are seemingly embarrassed about the state’s radical anti-choice laws,
Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, said such legislation makes the rest of the country joke about Oklahoma.
“This goes too far,” she said. “Do we keep wanting to make national news by going too far in how we treat women?”
others seem to think Oklahoma is not quite at the level of disgrace. (What’s the step just above disgraceful? Shameful?)
The bill’s Senate author, Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, said, “To say Oklahoma is the disgrace of the nation, I think might be pushing the rhetoric a little bit too far.”
The next step for the “not about women” reporting bill will be Governor Brad Henry’s desk. He vetoed the two most recent abortion bills, but the objections were overturned by the legislature.
Mini-roundup: Rep. Lois Capps (D-NY) introduces the Global MOMS Act, which calls for developing a strategy to reduce maternal and infant mortality and improve the health of moms and babies in developing nations. Joining her at the press was supermodel turned documentary filmmaker, Christy Turlington.
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McInnis, once clearly pro-choice, embraces anti-abortion personhood – The Colorado Independent
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Africa’s deadly backroom abortions – Globe and Mail
Maternal health bill introduced – Ventura County Star
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