Some Details on That Questionnaire Lawmakers Want Women To Fill Out Before Abortions

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Rep. Bill Zedler wants to aggregate your data.
Last week we told you about a questionnaire that Arlington state Rep. Bill Zedler wants Texas women to have to fill out before they can get an abortion, the answers to which would eventually show up in some state-run internet database. We asked for a copy, but Phil Fountain, a Zedler staffer, tells us it doesn't exist yet.

He was, however, kind enough to send over a copy of the amendment, which details what questions would be asked if Zedler's amendment becomes law; you can view it after the jump.

Richmond Rep. John Zerwas, who authored the other anti-abortion bill in the House right now, said that the Zedler bill seems designed to gather information that would help anti-abortion activists sue abortion providers. As it's written now, it'll probably lead to some HIPAA confidentiality suits from pissed-off women instead, especially with the passage of the Texas Medical Privacy Act by Governor Rick Perry in 2001.


Actually, the proposed questionnaire would include two forms: an "abortion reporting form" completed by both the patient and her and doctor, and a "complication reporting form," completed by the doctor.

What information would women have to provide about themselves? Not their name, of course. Just their age, ethnicity, marital status, the municipality in which they live, highest level of education, age of the man who did the impregnating ("father of the unborn child," in their language), method of contraception (the shitty kind, apparently), reason for the abortion (although they can decline to respond to that one), the number of previous live births, miscarriages and abortions, who referred the patient to the physician, how the abortion will be paid for, and whether the patients has read the required "printed information" about abortion, seen a sonogram, listened to the fetal heart monitor, and had all of it explained to them by the doctor. Doctors have to fill the rest of the form, which is similarly detailed.

The language of the bill mandates that the "the department shall post on the department 's Internet website the statistical data aggregated" from the questionnaire. So does that mean the data will be available to the public, or on some employees-only section of the website? Why exactly would we all need access to other people's medical information, anyway?

I called Fountain to clarify.

"Whatever the amendment says is how it'll work," he told me. He was pretty sure the actual completed forms wouldn't be posted publicly, but he wasn't sure about the data they contained. I said that publicizing the data at all seemed like a confidentiality violation. He said that was a "good question," and promised Rep. Zedler would call back to discuss it.

We'll let you know if that happens -- in the meantime, take a look at the the full amendment below.
SB 7 Zedler Amendment

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Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

It seems that protests outside this joker's house are inorder.   I wonder (if any) how many children he and his wife have adopted? 

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

It boggles my mind how the bunch who are so insistent that children be born even against the desires of the mother, are the first in line to cut the programs that support the children once they are born--health care, food stamps, education, special assistance for those born handicapped.  Who was it who said, "the law in all of its justice prohibits the rich as well as the poor from sleeping under bridges and begging bread?"

Likeicare
Likeicare

My answers to the questions would be "NONE OF YOUR DAMN BUSINESS."

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

There are some who toy with the idea that ANY birth control is wrong. And not just the folks  from Rome .

And with the Texas WING NUTS trying to out do each other as to how far back in time they want to go I could see our state becoming the First state that highly restricts the sale Any Birth Control prosthetic objects devices or prescriptions That might impede or restrict the chances of Conception .Doubt if you want but who( REALLY) thought we could be where we are today just a few years ago ?

Rooster
Rooster

Our schools are shit.  Our roads are worse, and we've decided to farm that out to a Spanish company.  We're facing a mountain of deficits....

.....and THIS is what these clowns are working on?

Amy S.
Amy S.

If you don't have to swear it's all the truth, and have it notarized, then LIE LIKE HELL. Whose business is it, really.

I guess they assume that any woman who makes the choice does so in a stupid state - what they don't realize is that any woman who makes any choice has already hardened her heart to what her choice is, no matter what her choice is. What more is lying on a few forms?

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Is Zedler going to do a public report on his erectile dysfunction medication and his penile implant?

Dude
Dude

I could have sworn that was a pitcure of Mike Doocy.

Milkman Dan
Milkman Dan

I sure hope there is a concerted effort to have every abortion report indicate a 59-year old PhD did the 'pregnating.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I want to know how many sperm have died due to this dipshit choking his chicken.

RW1961
RW1961

So it's "government intrusion into our lives" when the government wants to make sure drinking water and food is safe, wants to make sure employees are paid fairly, that our air is clean, that cars are safe, etc. But this ISN'T government intrusion?  

Kimindallas
Kimindallas

I bet this will be protected as well as the State of Texas protected its own employees' data.  Oh, that's right, the data the Comptroller just admitted was leaked and has been leaked for over a year.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Because the state is really good at keeping computerized information private?

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Oh yeah, I forgot about limiting the rights of same sex couples adopting children.  A quick survey, how many gays out there were raised by gay couple parents?  How many by hetero parents?

Likeicare
Likeicare

Any woman who makes this choice, does not do it lightly, I assure you.  Those of you (especially men) who think it is easy, go blow yourself. 

Guest
Guest

Just small enough to fit in your vagina!

Amy S.
Amy S.

Yeah, like the state doesn't require a licensed liquor seller to obtain liquor liability insurance. The TABC response on why? It's a businesses choice to buy it. In the mean time the rest of us taxpayers fund the repair if I-30 where the bridge was taken out by a wrong way driver.

But a woman's body, that's different. Pudnuckers.

observist
observist

Exactly... "get government off the backs of business"... and instead get it all up in your business.

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