Oklahoma lawmakers approved abortion restriction bills

On April 20, 2010, the Oklahoma State Senate voted to approve five anti-abortion bills, sending three to Governor Bill Henry to sign and the other two to the House of Representatives for revision. HB 2526 proposed preventing wrongful life lawsuits in birth defect cases, HB 2780 required doctors to conduct a vaginal ultrasound an hour before an abortion while explaining the images to the patient and HB 3075 mandated that facilities performing abortions post signs reading it is against the law to be forced to have an abortion. Governor Henry had signed three anti-abortion bills into law two weeks earlier. Those bills prohibited abortions because of the fetus's gender, protected medical employees who refused to participate in abortion procedures because of religious beliefs and regulated mifrestone, a drug used in medical abortions.

Read an overview of Reproductive Rights in Features.

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