It’s like Facebook for women who have abortions. Or not. Really, I’m not quite sure what the point might be of the Sooner State’s latest law. As of November 1, women who have an abortion will have to fill out a lengthy questionnaire, the answers to which will be posted on a public website. And while the claim is made that none of the questions ask for specifically identifying information such as name or address, it would appear that the first eight questions alone provide enough information to identify the patient in a small community.
According to Keri Parks, director of external affairs at Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma, “they’re really just trying to frighten women out of having abortions.” Supporters say they want the information made available for “academic research,” but the Center for Reproductive Rights says that the way the data would be collected would make it useless for such research.
So what will all this useless data that could be used to identify women who have an abortion really cost? More than $200,000 per year, just to maintain the website. That’s a lot of money that could go towards paying for education, support services, and, yes, even free condoms to reduce the number of abortions that are performed.