Oklahoma Pols Want a Database of Everyone Who Has an Abortion

February 22, 2024

An Oklahoma bill that would create a database of every person who obtained an abortion is one step closer to becoming law. The bill would require the Oklahoma State Department of Health to create a database in which each patient is identified by a “unique patient identifier” to track how many abortions a patient has and when. Oklahoma already outlaws all abortions except when necessary to save the life of the mother, without exceptions for rape or incest. Anyone who provides an abortion outside of a life-threatening emergency could be sued and have their license revoked. Twenty-two other women are suing the state in a separate case, claiming they did not receive abortion care for dangerous pregnancies.