Friday, October 09, 2009

This is Beyond Twisted

Just when you thought you knew how twisted, mean and despicable the far right can be, along comes something to warn you we really don't know how creepy these bastards can be.

The Huffington Post has a story about the anti-abortion lobby in Oklahoma and their compliant state government that thinks it's just fine - mandatory even - to publish online full particulars of every woman obtaining an abortion.

The new law requires that every woman who obtains an abortion in the state disclose to the Secretary of State (who will post it online) the following information.

Date of abortion
County in which abortion performed
Age of mother
Marital status of mother (married, divorced, separated, widowed, or never married)
Race of mother
Years of education of mother (specify highest year completed)
State or foreign country of residence of mother
Total number of previous pregnancies of the mother
Number of pregnancies that ended in live births
Number of pregnancies that ended in miscarriages
Number of pregnancies that ended in induced abortions

The only thing women won't have to reveal is their names--but, if you are a woman in a small community in Oklahoma, your neighbors (and anti-abortion forces) will likely be able to easily identify you anyway. That's probably the point.

The intimidation factor in this is obvious. I wouldn't be surprised to learn Harper is pencilling this one in just in case he manages to win a majority.


sassy said...

The link you provided is not working for me.

Is this the story you are posting about?

Anonymous said...

Just the fundamentalists at work, who do not know how to live and let live. Nothing else is as important as they and their right to propagate, to control the Dominion and all the animals thereof without one shred of concern for the living earth that provides for them and I don't mean material conquest either. Their only brainwashed thought is to get to heaven where eternal life exists. This concept allows these people to continue to break ethical and moral standards continuously as God will forgive them since they are the true believers. It's sick. A. Morris

The Mound of Sound said...

Sorry about that Sassy but you've posted the right link.

This is one of those issues on which I'm still torn. I accept the woman's right to choose yet I am troubled by those who become pregnant irresponsibly or simply use abortion as a form of birth control.

This seems to be one of those issues where each side says "you're either for us or your're against us."

I'm also a bit concerned by those who argue this is none of any man's business. Surely there are societal dimensions to this that make it everyone's business. Just because the female is the sole gender capable of procreation that alone should not be enough to exclude anyone's input on this enormously difficult subject.

The Mound of Sound said...

By "procreation" I should have said gestation and childbirth. Obviously it takes both genders to procreate (barring cloning).