Oklahoma Senate Passes Abortion Restriction Laws

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Oklahoma State Senate passed three bills restricting abortion on Tuesday, and now all three are going to go to Governor Kevin Stitt for signature.

The first bill, House Bill 2441, prohibits abortion when an unborn fetus has a detectable heartbeat. If a doctor performs an abortion after a heartbeat is detected, that doctor could be charged with murder.

The second bill, House Bill 1102, classifies abortions as “unprofessional conduct” by a doctor under Oklahoma law and revokes the licensing of doctors to perform abortions that are considered medically unnecessary to sustain life or to get one prevent irreversible impairment of the most important body functions of a patient.

The third bill, House Bill 1904, requires only certified obstetricians and gynecologists to perform abortions.

Gloria Pedro, Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes Regional Manager of Public Policy and Organizing for Arkansas and Oklahoma, issued a statement saying the bills are designed to shame women.

“Legislation passed today aims to punish abortion providers, shame women, and block access to safe, legal abortions. Politicians should not interfere in any person’s private medical decisions about pregnancy or between doctors and their patients, ”said Pedro.

Rep. Cynthia Roe, R-Lindsay, the author of HB 1904, hopes legislation will reduce the number of abortions in Oklahoma.

“The 1904 House Bill protects the lives of unborn babies and mothers by ensuring that in the event of an abortion it is medically imperative to save the mother’s life, and the doctor performing this procedure is extremely skilled,” said Roe . “I am optimistic that this bill will help reduce the abortion rate in Oklahoma. I am delighted that the House of Representatives passed the bill and look forward to being signed by the governor. “

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