October 10, 2009

Idiot of the Week: The State of Oklahoma

State seal of OklahomaImage via Wikipedia

Living in Mississippi, it is not often I get to look at something another state is doing and ask, "What the hell is wrong with you people?" But when just such an occasion presents itself, I can't pass it up.

As I suspect you have heard by now, a new law is scheduled to take effect in Oklahoma at the first of next month that will publicize details about women having abortions in the state. According to Think Progress, the information will be collected and then posted on a publicly accessible website. Although no names or addresses will be reported, Think Progress reports that Feminists for Choice is criticizing the legislation on the grounds that it will make it fairly easy to identify the women who are from small communities.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is challenging the law, and I certainly hope they are successful. In the meantime, I have no choice but to honor Oklahoma for this remarkable idiocy.

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