I am not, as you may or may not have noticed, a big fan of abortion. I am also not, as it happens, a big fan of stupid legislation. So stupid abortion legislation definitely pushes the wrong buttons around here.
House Bill 2654, by Susan Winchester (R-Chickasha), creates something called the Oklahoma Statistical Reporting Abortion Act, and if you thought the Census was getting intrusive, you ain't seen nothing yet.
After two sections which deal with physician identification and, um, productivity, Part III asks the following questions:
Nosiree, no emotionally-charged verbiage in this bill. And this is the final engrossed House version of the bill; unless the Senate demands amendments or turns it down outright, Brad Henry will see this on his desk.
I read this over twice, and the same thought came to me: "You will provide us with a stick to beat you with, and we reserve the right to regulate sticks."
Rep. Winchester explains: "It's our hope that information collected through this report could help us better understand the reasons these procedures are happening and put those things into place that would prevent this situation from happening again in the future."
Translation: "We don't have the votes to pass a South Dakota-like ban, so this is the best we can do."
No, Susie, it's not the best you can do. It's merely the most noxious.
Some of us who aren't too crazy about snuffing children in the womb also have this strange idea that a measure billed as "Statistical Reporting" should report, you know, statistics; I'm guessing that humiliation of women for partisan political purposes is just a fringe benefit.
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