The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday passed the Statistical Reporting on Abortion Act (H.B. 1595) that would require doctors performing abortions to provide the Oklahoma State Department of Health with detailed information about women seeking the procedure, including their age, race, marital status, number of previous pregnancies and reasons for seeking an abortion, the AP/Oklahoman reports. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Todd Lamb (R), passed by a vote of 34-10, with with all “no” votes cast by Democrats. It would require abortion providers to gather information from “37 sections of questions,” which the health department would use to produce an annual report. The bill also would prohibit abortions based on the sex of the fetus.
Opponents of the bill say that it is an attempt to harass women seeking abortions and erode abortion rights, the AP/Oklahoman reports. State Sen. Debbe Leftwich (D) said, “If your goal is to badger, degrade or re-victimize women, then vote for this bill.” Lamb said, “A lot of the debate on this bill has been anecdotal,” adding that the state currently does not have statistical information on abortion procedures. “This bill would provide for that,” he said (Murphy, AP/Oklahoman, 4/15).
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