Thursday, May 10, 2007
Ron Jenkins of the Associated Press reports:
An ardent anti-abortion senator lost a second bid on Wednesday to override Gov. Brad Henry’s veto of a bill to bar abortions at state hospitals except to save the life of the mother. Henry vetoed the measure on April 18, saying he feared it would add to the suffering of poor women with problem pregnancies. The Democratic governor also was critical of the bill because it did not include exceptions for rape and incest.
The vote on Sen. James Williamson’s second override attempt was 31-16. It takes 32 votes, or a two-thirds majority of the 48-member Senate, to override a gubernatorial veto. The bill was opposed by the Oklahoma State Medical Association and other medical groups, who said it could endanger the future health of some women.