Friday, April 15, 2011
Oklahoma Legislature Sends Abortion Bills, Including Post-20-Week Ban, to Governor
Tulsa World: Oklahoma House OKs additional restrictions on abortion, by Randy Krehbiel:
The Oklahoma Legislature continued its attack on abortion rights Wednesday by passing and sending to Gov. Mary Fallin two bills intended to further limit access to the procedure.
House Bill 1888, which prohibits most abortions after 20 weeks, and Senate Bill 547, which bans elective abortion coverage from insurance plans offered through a state health insurance exchange, passed the House with little discussion or opposition.
HB 1888, titled the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, states that a 20-week-old fetus is capable of feeling pain, a claim disputed by the measure's opponents. It is expected to have its greatest impact on pregnancies involving adverse medical conditions or abnormal fetuses. . . .