Scarlet Letter Redux

by
Abby Zimet

Hoping to stigmatize, criminalize and otherwise terrorize women seeking
abortions, the wise and compassionate legislators of Oklahoma have
passed a law that mandates recording and publishing
on a public website the details of each abortion performed there. No
names, but plenty of personal information - date, county, age, race,
marital status etc - to out any woman in a small community. Fighting
the bill are two Oklahoma lawyers and the Center for Reproductive
Rights, which earlier helped defeat a proposed law to require doctors
to verbally describe the ultrasound image of her fetus to any woman seeking an abortion. What's next, hair shirts?

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