Oklahoma Bill Would Force Doctors to Lie to Patients

Nestled within the committee’s agenda was Senate Bill 614, which would require abortion providers to counsel patients seeking medication abortion that the process can be reversed. Under the proposed law, a doctor who fails to provide this counsel would be committing a felony and potentially facing lengthy prison time.

Source: Oklahoma Bill Would Force Doctors to Lie to Patients

Pregnant women’s bodies are ‘hosts’, says US lawmaker | Stuff.co.nz


A US lawmaker says women’s bodies don’t belong to them while they are pregnant.

Source: Pregnant women’s bodies are ‘hosts’, says US lawmaker | Stuff.co.nz

Oklahoma Cops Debut Tool That Allows Them To Drain Pre-Paid Cards During Traffic Stops | Techdirt

[T]he Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a device that also allows them to seize money in your bank account or on prepaid cards.It’s called an ERAD, or Electronic Recovery and Access to Data machine, and state police began using 16 of them last month.Here’s how it works. If a trooper suspects you may have money tied to some type of crime, the highway patrol can scan any cards you have and seize the money.

Source: Oklahoma Cops Debut Tool That Allows Them To Drain Pre-Paid Cards During Traffic Stops | Techdirt

This year’s first batch of anti-science education bills surface in Oklahoma | Ars Technica


“Teach the controversy” is once again dressed up as “academic freedom.”

Source: This year’s first batch of anti-science education bills surface in Oklahoma | Ars Technica

The Foilies Round 4: Retaliation and Consequences

Open government advocates file requests for public records because it’s not only our right, but our duty as citizens to find out what the government is doing in our name, how officials are spending our tax dollars, what kinds of mistakes they’re making, what problems our communities face, and how we can improve society through policy changes.

Unfortunately, some public officials interpret transparency as a threat, best answered not with documents, but intimidation, insults, and other forms of retaliation.

In this fourth and final round of The Foilies—EFF’s Sunshine Week “awards” for outrageous experiences in pursuing public records—we’re focusing on how government agencies (and one rock star) lashed out at citizens and journalists for attempting to unearth unflattering truths. We’ll also cover a few cases where that behavior had consequences.

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