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TRO stops enforcement of Oklahoma abortion law | Hunter of Justice

TRO stops enforcement of Oklahoma abortion law

by on October 22, 2009  •  In Reproductive rights

An Oklahoma state court judge has issued a temporary restraining order to stop enforcement of what would be the nation's most intrusive reporting statute. The Oklahoma law would require the reporting of potentially identifying (although anonymous) information about every woman obtaining an abortion, as well as including her reason for wanting an abortion. The Center for Reproductive Rights sought the TRO after the state received a postponement of the hearing on a motion for preliminary injunction until after the effective date of November 1.

According to Women's e news:

…Former state Rep. Wanda Jo Stapleton, an Oklahoma City Democrat who brought the lawsuit with Lora Joyce Davis, [said], "This is one of dozens of bills piled on year after year by the Oklahoma legislature to place obstacles in the path of women. The bill points a public finger at women and is intended to scare them to death."…

… "The Oklahoma bill takes all of the intrusive information from very personal questions and puts it all in one place," said Elizabeth Nash, who specializes in state policy for the Guttmacher Institute. "It's the most egregious."…

"Women in small towns can be identified by nosey neighbors or, equally important, they can be misidentified when the guessing games start," Stapleton said….The measures are just the latest round in an "avalanche of anti-choice bills" proposed in Oklahoma since 2005 when "extremist Republicans" took control of the state House, Stapleton said.

Oklahoma state Rep. Dan Sullivan, a Tulsa Republican and co-author of House Bill 1595, told Women's eNews that the law is intended "to find out why people are seeking abortions and see if there is something we can do as a state to have a positive impact." He said there is no way to understand the demand for the procedures without good data.

Dr. Dana Stone, who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology in Oklahoma City, doesn't understand why the state needs to spend money on data collection and posting when the federally-funded Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the CDC, in Atlanta already does that. The CDC has collected state-by-state abortion data, which is available online, since 1969….

Doctors who perform abortions or treat patients with an illness or injury that may have resulted from an abortion face heavy fines if they fail to report to the state…

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