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Abortion reporting bill receives OK in Oklahoma House

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: March 5, 2010 at 10:52 am •  Published: March 4, 2010
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The House easily passed a bill Wednesday that would require doctors to report detailed information about abortions to the state Health Department, including the age, marital status and education level of patients.

House Bill 3284 passed 85-8. It now goes to the Senate.

The measure contains much of the same language as approved last year, but that bill contained other anti-abortion provisions. After the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights challenged it, an Oklahoma County judge ruled last month it was unconstitutional because it violated the single-subject rule.

Rep. Ryan Kiesel, who voted against the bill, questioned the need for additional statistics since the state Health Department already compiles similar information.

Kiesel, D-Seminole, called the questions invasive and irrelevant and he said he is concerned the information would not remain confidential.

"At the end of the day, it’s not going to prevent a single abortion,” Kiesel said.


"At the end of the day, it’s not going to prevent a single abortion. It’s going to sound good on a campaign flyer. That’s it."
Rep. Ryan Kiesel
D-Seminole

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